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Chatham Man Pleads Guilty to Strangling Girlfriend

Posted April 26, 2007

— A Chatham County man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Thursday in connection with the January 2006 strangling death of his girlfriend.

Peter Matson was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the strangling death of Karen Crawford.

At the time, Matson told authorities that he last saw Crawford just before midnight on NewYear's Eve and that he did not know what happened to her because he had taken a bottle of sleeping pills.


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  • mindyourown Apr 26, 2007

    If I was a family member of hers, he would be looking over his shoulders the rest of his life.... nuff said..

  • justcurious04 Apr 26, 2007

    Karen was a friend of mine from work, and she's been terribly missed by all her friends there!! She was the sweetest person!!!

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  • Forgetaboutit Apr 26, 2007

    people, this gentleman will not serve 20, generally, he will serve about 8 years. there are people in this state that have killed twice and are out right now walking amongst us. just killing someone and planning to kill and then doing it are two different degrees of guilt...now wake up...yes choke this piece of human garbage, when, now!!

  • kthst Apr 26, 2007

    20 yrs for killing a person no wonder they keep killing people what happened to the death sentance wake up america.

  • Curious Apr 26, 2007

    Too bad that bottle of sleeping pills didn't do the job.

  • spazman Apr 26, 2007