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A well-known murderer where multiple life sentences for the slayings of two Virginia college students has been diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer and was transferred to a new prison this week to undergo treatment.
Jesse Matthew Jr., 37, pleaded guilty in 2016 to the murder of Morgan Harrington, a 20-year-old student at Virginia Tech, and Hannah Graham, an 18-year-old student at the University of Virginia. The two women were killed five years apart, and Matthew was only connected with the Harrington case after police tied him to Graham’s to kill.
Jesse Matthew Jr. was transferred on Monday to a new prison in Virginia to undergo the treatment of cancer, the officials said.
Matthew was move from Virginia’s Red Onion state prison, in Wise County, Sussex I state prison on Monday.
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He confirmed WTVR earlier this month he would have been diagnosed with the disease, which is reportedly in an advanced stage, and has traveled then in the intestine. The American Cancer Society linked the current survival rate for stage 4 colon cancer by 14 percent in 2017 to study.
Jesse Matthew Jr. pleaded guilty to the killing of Hannah Graham, left, and Morgan Harrington, right.
In October 2009, Harrington disappeared after a Metallica concert at UVA’s basketball arena. More than three months later, in January 2010, her body was found in a field about 10 miles south of Charlottesville.
“This is justice, and perhaps karma.”
— Gil Harrington
Years later, Graham vanished after leaving an off-campus party only in September 2014. Her body was found a month later — about six miles from where Harrington’s body was found.
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Harrington’s mother told WTVR Matthew “does not loom large in my thoughts.”
“He is recognized and our mission is to help save the next girl, so I take comfort, but this is going to happen,” Gil Harrington said. “This is justice, and perhaps karma.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.