An 18 year old who murdered professional gamer Daniel Zeitz during an attempted robbery of a Playstation 4 has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.
In September of 2014, professional gamer Daniel Zeitz was murdered during a routine Craigslist exchange where he was hoping to sell a Playstation 4 console. The assailant was 18-year-old Kayla Dixon, who was accompanied to the swap which occurred outside of Zeitz’s apartment building by her boyfriend and their 16-month-old child.
On Monday, Dixon was sentenced to 40 years in prison as part of a plea deal arranged by her attorney. Although Monday was scheduled to be the first day of the trial, Dixon and attorney decided against the trial, instead opting for the plea deal. She offered a prepared apology to Zeitz’s family.
“I would trade anything, almost anything, to bring Daniel back. But I know I can’t,” Dixon said. “I know he had plans. I wish I could tell him I’m so, so sorry that this happened, but I can’t.”
According to David Lapides, a detective in the case, there was evidence that suggested that Dixon and her boyfriend has extensively discussed their plans to rob Zeitz. “There were numerous text messages between Dixon and Vivian discussing plans to rob someone,” he said. “They discussed getting the address. How they wanted to do it — come at him with the gun (or) surprise him and catch him when he came outside. Go inside the apartment. These messages went back and forth for a while.”
Despite the nature of the crime, Zeitz’s mother says that she has accepted Dixon’s apology. “At first, I didn’t want to accept her apology. I thought her apology today was very heartfelt and I feel like she is truly sorry for what happened,” she told Petchenik. “It’s just a crime that young people can get caught in these situations because of the examples they’d had in their lives.”