Jesse Matthew pleaded guilty to all counts levied against him in a Fairfax County, Virginia case Wednesday, and is now facing life in prison. He entered an Alford plea, wherein he acknowledged that the state had sufficient evidence to convict him beyond a reasonable doubt, but did not actually utter that he was guilty. Such pleas have the identical impact of a straight guilty plea or guilty verdict from a jury. The plea followed the state’s introduction of damaging DNA evidence that linked Matthew to the scene of the crime. Matthew continues to be a suspect in several other cases, and is facing a capital murder charges in the case of Hannah Graham.
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