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September 26, 2012

Dale Jarvis Jr. 'remorseful' after killing father

Man writes letter from prisonciting abusive relationship

PLATTSBURGH — Dale S. Jarvis Jr. says abuse led him to the “breaking point” before he killed his father and buried his body in the backyard.

In a one-page letter to the Press-Republican, Jarvis says he wants to set the record straight.

“I would like to thank the Ignorent (sic) people who know nothing about me or my case that judge what’s going on. I am in no way justifing (sic) what I did,” he wrote.

The Chateaugay man, 24, pleaded guilty Sept. 11 in Franklin County Court to first-degree manslaughter in the death of his father, Dale S. Jarvis Sr., 48, whose body was discovered in a grave behind the 14 White St. home in Chateaugay that the two shared on and off over the last few years.

An argument over video games sparked a physical altercation in which Jarvis Sr. brandished what turned out to be a pellet gun, police said. D.J. killed his father with a lethal blow to the head with a sledgehammer.

YEARS OF ABUSE

But D.J. said the fatal fight happened because he had reached an emotional breaking point following years of abuse at the hands of his father.

“For 24 years, I have been mentally abused, severely beaten and molested by my father,” he wrote.

“Everybody has a breaking point. Mine was getting hit across the face with a pistol and my life threatened.”

‘YOU NEVER KNOW’

Maynard Jarvis, Dale Sr.’s father and grandfather to D.J., is trying to come to terms with what happened to his family over the past few months, dealing with the loss of his son and having his grandson imprisoned.

He was close to both men over the years, repeatedly helping them get back on their feet when times were tough, money was scarce and bills piled up, he said.

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