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Georgia teen sentenced for killing gamer to steal his PlayStation

June 21, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Georgia teen sentenced for killing gamer to steal his PlayStation

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A judge has sentenced a Georgia teen to 40 years in prison for a Craigslist robbery of a Playstation 4 that led to the killing of a man.

Kayla Dixon admitted to fatally shooting Danny Zeitz in the chest during the 2014 robbery, WSB-TV reported.

Zeitz, who was a known semi-professional gamer,  became the subject of a documentary entitled  “Level Up” after his murder.

Police said Nathaniel Vivian and his girlfriend; then 16-year-old Kayla Dixon had sold their own PlayStation to pay rent and hatched a scheme in 2014 to rob a new game console on Craigslist.

Dixon, now 18, admitted in court to firing a bullet that went through the hand of Vivian and fatally hit Zeitz in the chest, according to court documents.

Both Dixon and Vivian were arrested at Northside Hospital after claiming they had been victims of a robbery.

Investigators said both suspects researched “how to rob someone” on YouTube and texted back and forth, making sure to delete their messages, leading up to the botched robbery.

The pair arranged to meet up with Zeitz answering his ad to sell his PS4 on Craigslist.

Police said Dixon had her 16-month old baby in the car during the robbery, when she  opened fired, shooting Vivian in the hand and hitting  Zeitz in the chest after he clutched onto the PlayStation and refused to let it go.

Dixon sobbed in court as she apologized to Zeitz’s family for her actions.

“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.”

Patty Zeitz, the mother of the victim, told reporters she initially refused to accept Dixon’s apology, but felt that her remorsefulness seemed “very heartfelt.”

Vivian is expected to stand trial for his role in Zeitz’s killing this summer. Dixon is cooperating with the prosecution and stated she is willing to testify against her boyfriend.

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