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Stepdad gets life for shooting "noisy" boy, 16, thrice with shotgun, killing him

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Twenty five minutes.

That’s all it took for a Fulton County jury to convict a Milton man for killing his stepson because the teen was making too much noise while playing his video game, the district attorney’s office announced Thursday.

Mr. Eric Brandon, 48, confessed and even bragged about killing 16-year-old Alexander Koser.

A judge then sentenced him to life, plus five years in prison for murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, the district attorney’s spokeswoman Ms. Yvette Jones said.

The shooting happened Feb. 12, 2012 at the Genesis Way home where the man and the teen lived, officials said.

Prosecutors said the teen was playing video games and rough-housing with a friend who was visiting when Mr. Brandon began to complain that the victim was too loud and demanded he quiet down.

When the noise did not subside to the defendant’s satisfaction, he retrieved his shotgun from a locked case and confronted the victim who was in the kitchen preparing a snack.

“When the teen turned to face his stepfather, the defendant fired a single shot into the victim’s chest,” Ms. Jones said. “He then racked the shotgun and fired a second shot into his chest. Mr. Brandon once again racked his shotgun and fired a third shot into the teen’s body.”

Mr. Brandon then put down his weapon, walked past the teen’s wounded body and called 911 to tell them he shot his stepson, Ms. Jones said.

Police rushed to the scene and arrested Mr. Brandon.

“Video surveillance inside of the police vehicle captured Brandon further boasting about the killing and stating he “hoped [Alex] was dead,’” Ms. Jones said.

At the time of his arrest, Mr. Brandon did not have a criminal record and there had been no prior reports of fights at the home, Milton police said, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The teen’s two younger siblings and mother, Mr. Brandon’s wife also lived in the townhome, police said. They were not home at the time of the shooting.

But teenagers who knew the student at Alpharetta High School said the junior had previously complained about his stepfather.

Alex Messing, who called himself Koser’s best friend, told The AJC two days after the shooting that Alex Koser and his stepfather “were always arguing.”

Before his death, Alex Koser was known as a poet and cartoonist.

“He was very good at animation,” Messing said.

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