A Georgia man who murdered a high school homecoming queen and shot an Army soldier on leave for Veterans Day weekend was sentenced to life in prison Monday.
A DeKalb County jury returned guilty verdicts against Nakia Dorsey, 24, on charges of felony murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and two counts of aggravated assault, prosecutors said. Dorsey was sentenced shortly after the verdict. The charges stemmed from a Nov. 10, 2022, shooting outside the home of 17-year-old Jayne Salazar-Chavez.
Brandon Wilson, 24, made a surprise visit to the home of Salazar-Chavez, his girlfriend. Wilson was serving in the Army and was visiting her on the holiday weekend. He asked Salazar-Chavez to come outside with him and noticed she seemed to be withdrawn.
He then asked her if she was seeing someone else and demanded to see her cellphone, prosecutors said. Wilson confronted her about a text message on her phone and called the unidentified number. The person on the other line ended the call without saying anything.
A short time later, the person, identified as Dorsey, called Salazar-Chavez on her phone and argued with Wilson about which of them was dating the teen. Wilson and Salazar-Chavez left her house after the argument and returned later that night around 11 p.m.
Wilson told investigators that he saw a red laser on his face and noticed a man wearing black clothing pointing a gun at his car.
The man opened fire, striking the car more than 20 times. Wilson drove away and was shot in the leg. Salazar-Chavez, a homecoming queen and member of her school’s Air Force JROTC program, FOX Atlanta reported, was hit in the arm and torso. She died a short time later.
Social media messages confirmed that Dorsey was the person talking to Salazar-Chavez and cellphone location data placed him near her home just before the shooting, authorities said.
He was arrested in January.