Crime

Man Kills Sister's Boyfriend Over Hot Pockets (Photo)

| by Jonathan Constante

An Atlanta man was sentenced to life in prison on May 16 after he killed his sister's boyfriend over an argument that stemmed from the popular snack food Hot Pockets.

The murder occurred on June 11, 2016. Nathaniel Mathis had asked his sister and her boyfriend, 34-year-old Rodney Benton, to run to the store to buy pepperoni pizza Hot Pockets, WXIA reported.

But when Benton and his girlfriend got to the store, they were told the pepperoni Hot Pockets were sold out. Benton's girlfriend then called her brother and broke the news about the snacks.

The couple tried to buy other food using Mathis' EBT benefits card. While making the purchase, they realized the PIN had been charged and the card was rejected, the New York Post reported. Mathis was allowing his sister to use the EBT card instead of paying rent to her.

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Mathis' sister called him again and told him the card was not working. They then began to argue on the phone, according to reports.

Benton and his girlfriend returned home without Hot Pockets or any other type of food.

A spokesperson for the Fulton County District Attorney said Mathis was "home and still upset when he approached the SUV."

As Mathis approached the passenger side of his sister's black GMC Envoy, he said, "You know what's going on!" and shot Benton eight times.

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A neighbor who witnessed the murder was able to identify the shooter to police. Mathis reportedly fled the scene and tried hiding near an Atlanta park. He was armed with a .40-caliber pistol at the time.

Mathis approached a woman near the park and asked her to deliver a message to his sister. That woman immediately called the police.

"I just snapped. I love her and didn't mean for it to happen this way," the woman later told authorities Mathis said to her.

By the time officers arrived at the scene, Mathis was shirtless in a wooded area pointing a gun at his own head. SWAT was called to the scene and shot Mathis with a beanbag gun after two hours of failed negotiations.

Mathis was then taken into custody.

He was found guilty on charges of murder, criminal charges of property in the first degree, possession of firearm by first offender probationer and possession of firearm during commission of a felony by a Fulton County jury.

Mathis was sentenced to life plus 10 years in prison.

Sources: WXIA, New York Post / Photo credit: Mike Mozart/Flickr, My Fox 8 via Daily Mail

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