An American teenage who strangled his sister to death during a dispute over the family’s Wi-Fi password has been sentenced to life in prison.
Kevon Watkins, who was 16-years-old at that time of the fatal attack in February 2018, had reportedly been playing an Xbox game before he changed the family’s Wi-Fi password because the internet was slow due to the number of people using it.
At one point, Kevon’s mother tried to take his Xbox from his room when his sister Alexus Watkins,19, confronted him, according to testimony at the teen's trial and 911 calls from the incident.
During the argument between Alexus and Kevon, 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 of asphyxiation early the next morning at a local hospital.
On Friday, August 2, 2019, Kevon was found guilty of felony murder and aggravated assault.
During the hearing, Bibb County Superior Court Judge Verda Colvin explained 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, according to the local paper.
“In those 10 minutes, she had to have stopped moving. Perhaps that wasn’t noticed by the defendant because he was still angry.”