A family battle over a Wi-Fi password that became fatal last year and now an 18-year-old is going to spend the remainder of his life behind bars.
Kevon Watkins was sentenced to life imprisonment Friday, Aug. 1, after he was found guilty of strangling his 20-year-old sister in their home in central Georgia.
According to a declaration from the Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office, the conflict started after Watkins modified the Wi-Fi password so he could play video games without slowing down his family’s internet connection.
As Watkins argued with his mom, his sister feared that the lady was about to be attacked and came to assist, officials said. According to the attorney’s office, the two siblings tussled and fell on the floor until Watkins placed his sister in a chokehold and held her there for about 15 minutes.
Their mom called 911, but that night Alexus Breanna Watkins was dead. The crime took place in the city of Macon, south of Atlanta, on Feb. 2, 2018.
“This act of violence resulted in an unspeakable tragedy for this family,” District Attorney David Cooke said in the declaration. “I hope this verdict and sentence closes the door on this chapter of their lives and that they will be able to begin to heal.”
Kevon Watkins waived his right to a jury trial and chose that his destiny would be decided by a Bibb County judge. He is guilty of felony murder.
The trial lasted two days, including testimony from a deputy who said that when police came, the teen was still holding his sister in a chokehold.