According to New York Daily News, A Georgia teen will spend 40 years behind bars after a slaying over a Playstation 4 during a Craigslist robbery.
After selling his own PS4 to pay rent, Nathaniel Vivian and his girlfriend, Kayla Dixon, then 16, plotted to rob a new console in a Craigslist scheme in 2014, police said.
Dixon, now 18, admitted to firing a bullet through her boyfriend’s hand and Danny Zeitz’s chest during the robbery, killing the seller, WSB-TV reported.
“I would trade anything, almost anything to bring Daniel back. But I know I can’t,” the teary-eyed teen said in a statement in the courtroom on Monday. “I know he had plans. I wish I could tell him, ‘I’m so, so sorry this happened,’ but I can’t.”
Cops busted the killer and her boyfriend after they rushed to Northside Hospital and claimed they were the victims of a robbery.
Prior to the botched PS4 mugging, Vivian and Dixon were looking up “how to rob someone” on YouTube and texting back and forth, making sure to delete their messages, investigators said.
The couple found Zeitz’s ad to sell his PS4 on Craigslist, and arranged to meet up with him for the robbery.
When Zeitz clutched onto his console, Dixon opened fire, shooting her beau through the hand and fatally hitting Zeitz in the chest.
Dixon’s 16-month-old baby was sitting in the backseat of the car during the shooting.
After pleading guilty, Dixon apologized to Zeitz’s family, telling them she hopes “one day my apology will matter.”
Patty Zeitz told reporters she initially didn’t want to accept the killer’s apology, but felt that Dixon’s mea culpa was “very heartfelt,” the mother told reporters.
Zeitz was a well-known gamer under the name “Phobos,” whose death was the subject of a documentary poject “Level Up.”
The killer’s boyfriend’s trial is expected to begin this summer.
Dixon said she is willing to testify against Vivian.