Jesse Matthew gets life in prison in 2005 Fairfax sex assault

Jesse Matthew gets life in prison in 2005 Fairfax sex assault

FAIRFAX, VA (WWBT/AP) - Jesse Matthew was sentenced to serve three life sentences for a 2005 sex assault in Fairfax.

Matthew remains charged in connection with the deaths of Morgan Harrington and Hannah Graham.

A judge sentenced Matthew Friday for attempted capital murder and sexual assault of a woman. DNA evidence collected from Matthew during last year's investigation of Graham's disappearance linked him to the Fairfax County case.

Matthew's family asked the judge for leniency, and a former girlfriend wrote a letter on Matthew's behalf saying he was raped as a child.

His trial in the Hannah Graham case is set for July. He faces a possible death sentence there.

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