FAIRFAX, Va. – A woman who was sexually assaulted by Jesse Matthew nearly a decade before he was charged with abducting and killing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham says that testifying about her ordeal forced her to relive an experience she had put into emotional "cold storage."
She testified Thursday in Fairfax County about the effect the attack had on her life.
Last week, Matthew was convicted of attempted murder and other charges related to the 2005 attack. After three days of trial testimony, Matthew entered an Alford plea. That means he acknowledges prosecutors have enough evidence to convict but does not admit guilt.
Her testimony is supposed to help the judge determine an appropriate punishment.
Matthew will be sentenced in October and faces life in prison.