ATLANTA — He thought Hot Pockets were to die for.
An Atlanta man was sentenced to life in prison for fatally shooting his sister’s boyfriend eight times in 2016, saying “I just snapped,” after they failed to bring home Hot Pockets from the store.
Prosecutors say Nathaniel Mathis had asked his sister and her boyfriend, Rodney Benton to pick up the frozen snack when they went shopping on June 11, 2016.
But when they got to the store, they found that the Hot Pockets had sold out so Mathis sister called him to let him know. They then tried to check out using Mathis’ EBT card but it didn’t work so they drove home empty handed, WGHP-TV reported.
“The defendant was home and still upset when he approached the SUV”, a Fulton County District Attorney spokesperson told the channel.
Mathis then walked toward the passenger side of his sister’s SUV and shouted, “You know what’s going on, before opening fire and striking the 34-year-old Benton eight times.
As he fled the scene, Mathis stopped a woman and asked her to tell his sister that, “I just snapped. I love her and didn’t mean for it to happen this way.”
Cops eventually caught up to Mathis in a wooded area, pointing a gun at his head. After several hours of negotiations, Mathis was shot with a beanbag gun and taken into custody.