A teenager has been sentenced to life in prison for strangling his sister to death during a fight over the wifi password.
Kevon Watkins, an 18-year-old from Georgia, was 16 at the time of the attack on February 2018.
According to testimony during his trial, he changed his family’s wifi password because sharing the connection with others made it too slow for his Xbox game.
As his mother attempted to remove the console from his room, his sister Alexus Watkins, 19, stepped in over fears the argument could become physical.
“In those 10 minutes, she had to have stopped moving,” Bibb County Superior Court Judge Verda Colvin said. ”Perhaps that wasn’t noticed by the defendant because he was still angry.”
Ms. Watkins was taken to hospital and declared dead from asphyxiation later that night.
Watkins was found guilty of felony murder, rather than manslaughter, as while he did not intend to kill his sister because he intentionally placed her in a chokehold, this constituted an aggravated assault which resulted in her death, according to the district attorney.
Watkins reportedly cried after the sentence was read out and said: “I’m sorry.”
Ms. Colvin (Judge) said: “I think everyone understands. Including this court.”