An 18-year-old woman was sentenced to 40 years in prison for murdering a man while trying to steal his PlayStation 4.
Daniel Zeitz, a semi-professional gamer who went by Phobos on his pro gaming team, listed his console for sale on Craigslist for $280 in September 2014, in Sandy Springs, Georgia. Kayla Dixon, 16 at the time, responded to the ad along with her boyfriend, Nathaniel Vivian, according to The Washington Post.
When Zeitz approached at the couple's car in an apartment complex parking lot to sell the PlayStation, Vivian grabbed the console and tried to pull it into the car. Zeitz resisted, and Dixon, in front of her 16-month-old baby in the backseat, pulled out a gun and fired a shot. The bullet went through Vivian's hand and into Zeitz's chest, causing a fatal wound.
Vivian and Dixon drove to a nearby hospital to have Vivian's hand looked at, initially claiming that the pair had been victims of a crime to explain the wound. Vivian later admitted to police what had really happened that night.
Dixon, who was set to be tried as an adult, took a plea deal just before June 20, when her first day of trial was scheduled. As part of the plea, she will serve 40 years in prison. She says she still thinks about that night with Zeitz every day.
"I would trade anything, almost anything, to bring Daniel back. But I know I can't," Dixon said in a prepared apology to Daniel's family. "I know he had plans. I wish I could tell him I’m so, so sorry that this happened, but I can't."
Zeitz would have celebrated his 30th birthday in July. His mother, Patty Zeitz, told WSB-TV she has accepted Dixon's apology.
"At first I didn't want to accept her apology," said Patty. "I thought her apology today was very heartfelt and I feel like she is truly sorry for what happened.
Patty also talked about the grief that she and her family have endured since her son's death.
"Each day we wake, even a year and nine months, with the shocking realization that life as we knew it with our son, brother and friend will no longer exist," said Patty.