Matthew gets 3 life sentences in Fairfax Co. sex assault

Jesse Mathew's mother screams out in court as her son receives the maximum punishment today - three life sentences for rape, attempted murder, and abduction.

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA9) -- Jesse Matthew, Jr. was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences for sexually assaulting a woman 10 years ago in Fairfax County.

During the Friday afternoon sentencing, Matthew's mother screamed 'No, No, no! I hope you rot in hell!' She was escorted out of court.  

In the sentencing, Judge David Schell said Matthew's attack was vicious and brutal and the victim suffered severely. 

Matthew entered an Alford plea in June in connection to the assault

On Tuesday, an ex-girlfriend of Matthew claimed in a letter that Matthew had been raped as a child. Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Morrogh, however, doubted those claims and argued they were irrelevant to the case regardless of their authenticity. 

"This was a Jekyll and Hyde type person. A lot of good people said very nice things about him and I'm sure they meant them. But at the end of the day he's a vicious sexual predator and came within a whisper of murdering an innocent woman," Morrogh said. 

Matthew also faces first-degree murder and abduction with intent to defile charges in Albemarle County in connection with the murders of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham and Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington. Matthew appeared in court Wednesday for both cases, and a trial date of October 24, 2016, was set for the Harrington case.

"There are no winners here today. There's loss all around, loss and pain all around," Gil Harrington, Morgan Harrington's mother said. "We lost our beloved Morgan. The Grahams lost Hannah. Jesse lost his freedom. His family's lost access to him. But every vortex of pain and suffering reverts back to Jesse Matthews [sic], he has caused this."  

Graham's parents were also present in court for the sentencing. 

Matthew's father had no comment in or out of court. 

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