A teenage boy from Georgia, who choked his sister to death last year during a fight over the family’s Wi-Fi password has received a life sentence in prison.
According to WSB-TV., in February of last year, Kevon Watkins, who was 16 years old at the time, came home from school and changed the password to his family’s Wi-Fi due to the connection lagging on his Xbox when too many people were on the network.
According to testimony at the teen’s trial and 911 calls from the incident Kevon’s mother tried to take his Xbox from his room when his sister Alexus Watkins, 19, confronted him.
During the argument between the siblings, the teen put his sister in a chokehold and didn’t release her until over 10 minutes later when police arrived, The Macon Telegraph reported.
Alexus was pronounced dead due to asphyxiation early the next morning at a hospital.
Kevon has now been found guilty of felony murder and aggravated assault.
During the hearing, Bibb County Superior Court Judge Verda Colvin said that she found Kevon guilty of murder instead of voluntary manslaughter because his 13-year-old brother tried to get him to stop choking their sister.
“Even under the best estimation, by the time [a sheriff’s deputy] got there …. It had been at least 11 minutes that the defendant had to have been choking his sister,” Colvin said. “In those 10 minutes, she had to have stopped moving. Perhaps that wasn’t noticed by the defendant because he was still angry.”
Before leaving the courtroom, Kevon was very emotional and struggled to mutter the words, “I’m sorry.”
“I think everyone understands,” Judge Colvin said. “Including this court.”
Kevon Watkins previously told an investigator he and his sister argued often. Before Colvin sentenced Kevon, she expressed sorrow the adults in Kevon’s life never disciplined him or gave him the resources to deal with his anger.
“In this household, chaos was empowered,” Colvin noted. “In this household, the ability to ignore and follow corrective discipline was empowered.”