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November 3, 2012

Man gets 15 years in sledgehammer death

Chateaugay man sentenced for killing abusive father

MALONE — Dale S. Jarvis Jr. sobbed as he apologized for killing his abusive father with a sledgehammer, for which he will serve 15 years in state prison.

Dale S. Jarvis Sr., 48, of 14 White St., Chateaugay, was last seen alive Feb. 21. Dale Jr., 24, known as “D.J.,” had told relatives seven different versions of his father’s whereabouts, including that he left with late-night visitors and instructed his son not to report him missing if he didn’t return.

But human remains were discovered in July, buried in the back yard of the home they shared in the Village of Chateaugay. The remains, found in a makeshift casket, were buried five-feet deep five feet from the back of the house and were later identified as Dale Sr.


D.J. pleaded guilty in August to first-degree manslaughter and faced Franklin County Court Judge Robert G., Main Jr. for sentencing Friday.

“Not a single day goes by that I don’t regret what I did,” the young man sobbed as he read from a yellow, legal-sized pad of paper. “I wish I would have had the courage to tell someone what my father was doing to me.”

Ten of his family members and friends sat in the gallery behind him, some of whom had written letters of support to the court before sentencing, reportedly telling of abuses D.J. had suffered at the hands of his father as well as the drugs Dale Sr. apparently supplied and used with his son.

The letters were not read aloud but referred to by Public Defender Thomas Soucia, District Attorney Derek Champagne and Main.


The young man continued crying as he told of how — no matter how bad he was abused — he always cared for and helped his father and was by his side.

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