On the first day of her trial, Georgia woman Kayla Dixon, 18, accepted a plea deal of 40 years in prison for the murder of semi-pro gamer Danny Zeitz in 2014, who was the victim of a Craigslist-related robbery turned murder — all for the Playstation 4 (PS4) video game console he was selling.
According to WSB-TV, Dixon and her boyfriend, Nathaniel Vivian, saw Zeitz’s Craigslist ad and schemed to rob him. All of that changed during the robbery gone wrong, when Dixon fired a bullet through her boyfriend’s hand and fatally wounded Zeitz in the chest.
This was an attempt by the two to acquire a PS4 after Vivian sold his own to pay rent. According to the New York Daily News, the two even searched “how to rob someone” on YouTube.
Dixon stood in the courtroom and said she wished she could tell her victim, “I’m so, so sorry.”
“I would trade anything, almost anything to bring Daniel back. But I know I can’t. I know he had plans. I wish I could tell him, ‘I’m so, so sorry this happened,’ but I can’t,” she said. “I want Daniel’s family to know that I regret that day. I’m so sorry. I ask that God heals the hearts of Daniel’s loved ones,” she said. “I know I’m facing a long time away, and I hope one day my apology will matter.”
After the murder, the couple went to a nearby hospital and claimed they had been robbed. Police soon discovered this was not the case.
Dixon’s attorney Leah Abbasi said that while “Nothing, in any way, excuses what happened,” her client had a rough childhood. She said Dixon was raped and had many relationships with men embarking on criminal paths.
Remarkably, the parents of the deceased have forgiven their son’s killer.
Here’s what Patty Zeitz said after exiting the courtroom:
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. It’s just a crime that young people can get caught in these situations because of the examples they’d had in their lives.
Danny’s father John Zeitz said he hoped this would stay with Dixon and that “she becomes a better person and able to contribute when she finally does get out” in 40 years.
Vivian is scheduled to have his trial this summer, and Dixon has said that she will testify against him.