FULTON COUNTY, Ga. - An Atlanta man will spend life in prison plus 10 years after a deadly shooting where he claims he “just snapped.”
According to the Fulton County District Attorney's Office, it started with an argument over an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card, which is issued to the United States for State Welfare recipients to assist in purchasing food.
A Fulton County jury found Nathaniel Mathis guilt of several charges, including murder, criminal damage to property, and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony.
The victim, Rodney Benton, was shot eight times in June while sitting in the car with his girlfriend, Mathis’ sister.
Investigators say the couple had just come back from trying to use Mathis’ EBT card, which he let her use as compensation for rent, to purchase items at a grocery store, according to a news release. As the two attempted to make the purchase, they realized the PIN number had been changed. Mathis’ sister called him and the two argued about the card on the phone, the release said.
Afterwards, Benton and his girlfriend returned home. Just before the shooting, Mathis walked up to the car and yelled “‘you know what’s going on’” before shooting Benton eight times.
Mathis then ran to South Bend Park, where he asked a woman to deliver a message to his sister saying, “I just snapped. I love her and didn’t mean it to happen this way.”
During a two-hour stand-off with Atlanta Police, Mathis pointed a gun at his head and threatened to kill himself. Police later subdued Mathis by firing beanbags at him, the statement said.