ATLANTA, GA — Nathaniel Mathis got more than steamed when his sister and her boyfriend, 34-year-old Rodney Benton, failed to bring him pepperoni pizza hot pockets — he popped off in homicidal rage.
The incident occurred in July 2016. Mathis gave his EBT card to Benton and his sister to use for the purchase of his microwavable treats.
Unfortunately, the store was out of the pepperoni pizza variety. Even more unfortunately, when the couple attempted to bring home a different strain of Hot Pockets, Mathis’s EBT card failed to work. Most unfortunately of all, the duo returned to Mathis empty-handed.
Upon arrival, according to the District Attorney’s office, “The defendant was home and still upset when he approached the SUV,” whereupon he whipped out a .40 caliber handgun and blasted Benton eight times, killing him. After the shooting, the shirtless Mathis ran off to a wooded area and threatened to blow his own head off. A two-hour SWAT team negotiation ended when an officer shot Mathis with a nonlethal beanbag gun.
During the standoff, Mathis passed a note to his sister that read: “I just snapped. I love her and didn’t mean for it to happen this way.”
A jury found Mathis guilty this week, and the judge sentenced him to life in prison plus 10 years. It is unclear if his correctional facility’s commissary will offer Hot Pockets.