Jesse Matthew expected to enter plea deal in Graham, Harrington cases to avoid death penalty

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Jesse Matthew

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Jesse Matthew Jr. is expected to enter pleas in court this week in cases connected to the 2014 slaying of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham and the 2009 slaying of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington, a prosecutor said Monday.

In a written statement, Albemarle Commonwealth Attorney Robert N. Tracci said “it is anticipated” that Matthew “will be entering a plea agreement to resolve” both cases at a hearing scheduled for Wednesday.

“In the interest of protecting the integrity of the judicial process,” Tracci said, “our office is unable to provide any additional details as to the specific details of the plea agreement, or any other information related to the case, at this time.”

According to WTVR, Matthew faced the death penalty if convicted for the murder of Graham. His life would be spared, but sources close to the deal said that he would never again threaten another life. Both Graham and Harrington’s family have said they support the plea agreement.