A Georgia man was sentenced to life in prison for shooting into a car last November, killing his teenage girlfriend and injuring a man in the Army that she was dating.
A jury in Georgia convicted 24-year-old Nakia Dorsey Monday on charges of felony murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and two counts of aggravated assault, the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement Tuesday.
DeKalb Superior Court Judge LaTisha Dear Jackson, who presided over the trial, dealt Dorsey a life sentence, plus 25 years.
Jayne Salazar-Chavez, 17, was shot and killed on November 10, 2022, after Dorsey learned of her relationship with another man, 24-year-old Brandon Wilson, according to the district attorney's office.
Wilson, who is in the Army, came home on Veteran’s Day weekend to surprise Salazar-Chavez. But when Wilson showed up at her house, she seemed withdrawn, the DA’s office stated.
Wilson questioned the teenager on whether she was seeing someone else, and then insisted on looking at her phone, according to the district attorney's office.
“Wilson confronted Salazar-Chavez about a suggestive text on the phone from an unidentified number,” the DA's office stated.
The soldier then called the unidentified number, which was picked up on the other end of the line, but Wilson hung up without saying anything.
Shortly after, the unidentified number rang on Salazar-Chavez’s phone, which Wilson answered. Wilson and the caller, later identified as Dorsey, got into an argument about who was in a relationship with Salazar-Chavez.
“Dorsey demanded that Salazar-Chavez return his belongings to him,” the district attorney's office stated.
Photo: Dekalb County Sheriff's Office
After leaving the house for a period of time, Wilson and Salazar-Chavez returned home around 11 p.m.
While still in the car, Wilson noticed a red laser shining on his face and a man dressed in black approaching the vehicle.
The man, later identified as Dorsey, pointed a handgun with a laser at the car and opened fire, according to the DA's office. Wilson turned the car around to leave as the man in black continued to shoot into the car.
“In all, 20 bullets pierced the body of the car,” the district attorney’s office stated. Wilson was shot in the leg and injured, while Salazar-Chavez was hit in the arm and the torso, eventually succumbing to her wounds.
After fleeing the gunman, Wilson drove to a nearby gas station and called 911.
When police arrived, they found the teenage girl lying on the ground next to a Lexus that was sprayed bullets, local station WXIA reported.
Days after the incident, investigators received an anonymous tip that led them to Dorsey.
According to the DA’s office, “Social media messages confirmed Dorsey was the one who had been in contact with Salazar-Chavez and cell phone location data showed Defendant Dorsey was at her home prior to the shooting.”
The teenager’s mother, Amparo Salazar, told WXIA of her daughter's killing, "Just want to cry. Just want to cry. Just want to cry."
Salazar-Chavez was a leader at her Air Force JROTC program, according to WXIA, and her mother said she wanted to join the Army. The teen had also been crowned homecoming queen at Towers High School in Decatur.
The girl was remembered by her high school in a social media post last year. “Rest in peace our THS Homecoming Queen,” Towers High School Principal Tiffany M. Sims wrote in a November Instagram post. “You were such an inspiration and a great student leader. We will miss you my dear."