A courthouse deal will effectively put an end to the so-called “Mortal Kombat” case that resulted in the death of a 7-year-old girl last year, reports the Greeley (CO) Tribune. Yesterday, Lamar Roberts, 19, pleaded guilty to child abuse resulting in Zoe Garcia’s death. He faces from 16-48 years in prison; sentencing was set for Jan. 16.
The case was dubbed “Mortal Kombat” because Roberts and Zoe's sister, Heather Trujillo, were said to have been imitating the popular and violent video game last December. Trujillo, 17, pleaded guilty earlier and was sentenced to six years in the youth offender system. Court affidavits revealed that Roberts told a witness that he kicked the girl, but he didn't know how hard he had kicked her because he had been drinking. An autopsy found more than 20 bruises on Zoe’s body, a broken wrist, had bleeding and swelling in the brain and other internal bleeding. The cause of death was ruled as “blunt force injuries.”