Alexis Jarvis

A Victoria woman pleaded guilty on Wednesday to shooting and killing a man with a crossbow.

Alexis Jarvis, 21, was sentenced on Wednesday to 40 years in prison for murdering Brian Doelle, of Inez, according to a Victoria County District Attorney’s Office news release.

Doelle was shot with a crossbow at his home in Inez about 9 p.m. on June 17, 2020.

He was able to walk to his parent’s home where he said that Jarvis had shot him, said Constance Filley Johnson, Victoria County district attorney. Doelle’s mother called 911, but Doelle succumbed to his injuries in the arms of his father before first responders arrived.

Jarvis and Doelle had an on-again, off-again relationship, Filley Johnson said.

In addition to incriminating statements, text messages and social media posts made by Jarvis after the shooting, investigators with the sheriff’s office collected several several pieces of forensic evidence, including her fingerprints on the murder weapon, said Filley Johnson. There was also evidence that suggested Jarvis was under the influence of methamphetamine at the time of the incident.

The family of the victim is satisfied with the guilty plea, Filley Johnson said.

“We kept the family in close contact” she said. “We were in close contact throughout the plea bargaining process. They were satisfied with the outcome. Any time you don’t have to put a family through a very emotional trial, that’s a good thing.”

Doelle’s family declined to comment.

Jarvis’s attorney, Stephen Tyler, could not be reached for comment.

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