- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A prosecutor in Buncombe County says an Arden man accused in the shooting deaths of his next-door neighbors during a dispute last year has pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports (http://avlne.ws/1uEwP6X) Assistant District Attorney Chris Hess said 60-year-old Erwin Lynn Jarvis was sentenced this week to 32 to 40 years in prison in the deaths of Robert and Genise Matheson.

Hess said Jarvis and his wife said they were fearful of the Mathesons’ dog, a husky, and Jarvis carried a gun because of the dog. Jarvis was walking his dogs on Sept. 30, 2013, when he and Genise Matheson got into a confrontation.

Hess said Jarvis pulled out a 9mm and shot the Mathesons, who died at the scene.

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com

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