Crime

Man Accused Of Murdering Two Women Gets Three Life Sentences In Sexual Assault, Abduction Case

| by Kathryn Schroeder
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Jesse Matthew, 33, of Fairfax, Virginia, has been given three life sentences for the abduction, sexual assault, and attempted murder of a 26-year-old woman in 2005.

"Lord, I hope you rot in hell!" his mother yelled at the judge as the sentence was read, CBS 6 reports.

Matthew abducted the woman as she was returning from a grocery store and sexually assaulted her. Neighbor Stacey Simkins saw him drag the woman behind a “dark pool area” before a passerby scared him off, according to the FBI.

The sentence is the maximum for the charges against Matthew. He could be eligible for parole when he is 60 years old as part of a geriatric release program that has been applied in similar cases, Commonwealth's Attorney Raymond Morrogh told CNN.

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Matthew entered an Alford plea on June 10, which is when a defendant pleads guilty but proclaims he is innocent of the crime, while admitting that the prosecution has enough evidence to convict him beyond a reasonable doubt.

Morrogh said that by taking the Alford plea, Matthew never accepted responsibility for his crimes, according to CBS 6. He added that Matthew refused to cooperate with his probation officer for the sentencing report and that details were omitted, including rape allegations made against him at two universities.

The victim was not present at the sentencing hearing, but she did travel from India to testify and witness the conviction. Morrogh will contact her to let her know the sentence.

Parole may never happen for Matthew if he is found guilty in either of two separate cases, one involving the disappearance and death of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, 18, in 2014, and the other involving the murder of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington, 20, in 2009.

Matthew faces a capital murder charge in the Graham case with the possibility of the death penalty. The trial is scheduled to begin in July 2016.

He was recently charged with the murder of Harrington after DNA collected in the abduction and sexual assault case matched the DNA evidence in her case. The trial date is set for Oct. 24, 2016.

The two girls’ remains were found within five miles of one another.

Sources: CBS 6, CNN / Photo credit: WJHL