Man to serve up to 26 years in prion for Catawba Co. murder

- A local man has been sentenced to serve up to 26 years in prison after pleaded guilty to murder in Catawba County Superior Court on Tuesday, May 31. 

Quavis Shamar Propst, 26, of Vale, was sentenced to serve 20 to 26 years for the June 20, 2012 shooting death of Aaron Ruff.

Propst pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, three counts of attempted first-degree murder, seven counts of discharging a weapon into an occupied vehicle and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Deputies with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a shooting and a wreck on Hope Road the night of June 20, 2012, and found Ruff dead inside the vehicle from a gunshot wound.

Three other people were in the vehicle when the defendant opened fire, striking Ruff and one of the other occupants who suffered a non-life-threatening injury.

Investigation revealed that the shooting was in response to an altercation involving the victim and defendant that occurred several weeks prior.

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