Lamar Roberts, a teenager convicted of beating to death a seven-year-old, will be an old man when he gets out of prison. The so-called "Mortal Kombat Killer" received a 36-year sentence yesterday.
The 2007 beating death of Zoe Garcia, 7, was described by prosecutors and law enforcement in Greeley, Colo. as a reenactment of fight moves from the Mortal Kombat series. Roberts and his 17-year-old girlfriend, Heather Trujillo (Garcia's half-sister) were supposed to be babysitting the child. Instead the two kicked, hit and slammed Trujillo's half-sister to the floor. Garcia's aunt and stepmother later said they believed that Roberts made up the Mortal Kombat alibi, and that video game violence was not the issue here.