Man Murders Friend Over Hot Pockets, Says He 'Snapped'

"I just snapped. I love her and didn't mean for it to happen this way,” the shooter said.

By Jaime Lutz

After his sister and her boyfriend failed to pick any Hot Pockets up at the grocery store, an Atlanta man shot the boyfriend eight times, killing him, a local NBC outlet reported.

Nathaniel Mathis had asked his sister and her boyfriend Rodney Benton to pick the tasty junk food up at the store, giving them his EBT card to pay for the purchase. But when the couple got to the store, the pepperoni Hot Pockets were sold out. 

When they tried to purchase other food, they found that the EBT card Mathis had given them didn’t work.

Mathis’s sister called Mathis and they fought about the card, which he gave the pair as compensation for rent. When the couple returned home, Mathis approached their car and shot Benton eight times. 

Mathis ran away from the scene, taking his gun with him, and fled into a nearby park. He approached a stranger and asked her to deliver a message to his sister.

"I just snapped. I love her and didn't mean for it to happen this way,” he told the woman, according to the account she later gave police. The woman called 911 immediately and reported the man.

After a standoff with police in which Mathis threatened suicide, he was arrested, tried, and found guilty of murder and firearm possession. He was sentenced to life in prison plus ten years.

[Image: Atlanta Police Department]

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