A 21-year-old Philadelphia man convicted of killing a “gentle giant” over a pair $200 of Beats by Dr. Dre headphones was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Thursday.
Arkel Garcia was sentenced Thursday after a February hearing was stopped when he and tried to grab the gun of a deputy sheriff.
Jurors convicted Garcia of second-degree murder in the November 2013 shooting death of 21-year-old Christian Massey.
"That's what we wanted," Assistant District Attorney Brendan O'Malley told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "We did this with a multitude of sheriffs. There was no emotional testimony. We just wanted to get the sentence, to get justice for Chris Massey, and that's what happened here.
Massey, who once attended a special needs school, told police before losing consciousness at a hospital that someone grabbed his new headphones, and he was shot after trying to grab them back. The headphones were left on the street.
The headphones cost at least $200. Prosecutors say Garcia told detectives eight days later that he and two men planned to rob Massey and he had no idea Massey would be killed.