Conditions set for killer's plea deal in UVa., Va. Tech student murders

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Jesse Matthew to Plead Guilty in Deaths of Hannah Graham, Morgan Harrington

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WTVR) -- The former cab driver accused of killing two Virginia college students will admit to their murders in a plea deal Wednesday afternoon, a deal which both the victims' families support.

Jesse Matthew Jr. is expected to enter a plea agreement in court "to resolve both the Hannah Graham and Morgan Harrington abduction and murder cases," a prosecutor said Monday. There will be conditions to the plea deal that will be entered at 1:30 p.m. in the Albemarle courtroom.

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Conditions set for killer's plea deal in UVa., Va. Tech student murders
Missing UVa. student Hannah Graham, 18, was last heard from on Saturday, September 13 at 1:20 a.m., WTVR-TV reported. 
According to Charlottesville police, friends of the 18-year-old received a text from her at around 1:20 a.m. on September 13, and have not heard from her since. 
Hannah Graham is approximately 5'11" tall and has blue eyes, light brown hair and freckles, according to the Charlottesville Police Department
Starburst candies and wristbands were handed out along with a program at a virtual candlelight vigil for missing Univ. of Virginia student Hannah Graham at West Potomac High School in Alexandria, VA on September 24, 2014. Graham went to West Potomac High, played softball there and was in the band. (Photo by Linda Davidson / The Washington Post via Getty Images)
A flyer about the missing of Hannah Graham is seen October 2, 2014 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Eighteen-year-old University of Virginia sophomore Hannah Graham went missing early in the morning of September 13, 2014. It has been reported that she was last seen outside Tempo restaurant at the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - OCTOBER 02: A couple walk through the Downtown Mall October 2, 2014 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Eighteen-year-old University of Virginia sophomore Hannah Graham went missing early in the morning of September 13, 2014. It has been reported that she was last seen outside Tempo restaurant at the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - OCTOBER 02: A woman passes by Tempo Restaurant October 2, 2014 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Eighteen-year-old University of Virginia sophomore Hannah Graham went missing early in the morning of September 13, 2014. It has been reported that she was last seen outside Tempo restaurant at the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA- SEPTEMBER 19: A couple walks on the sidewalk after 2am at the apartment complex where Hannah Graham lived in Charlottesville. Photos depict the route (as captured by surveillance cameras) thought to be where the lasting sightings of Hannah Graham occurred. Images were made in the early a.m. hours after midnight to approximate the conditions under which she was last seen. She went missing in downtown last Saturday morning. (Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
The sign of Tempo Restaurant is seen October 2, 2014 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Eighteen-year-old University of Virginia sophomore Hannah Graham went missing early in the morning of September 13, 2014. It has been reported that she was last seen outside Tempo restaurant at the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Charlottesville, VA - October 3: Amalia Harte (center back to camera) a sophomore from Herndon, Va. hugs Samantha Westrum, a sophomore from Orange County, Ca. at Hugs for Hannah, an event sponsored by the Society for Awakening Souls held on the lawn at the University of Virginia, Friday October 3, 2014. At right, Patrick Rice, a sophomore from Franklin Lakes, N.J. holds the Hugs for Hannah sign. Hannah Graham has been missing since the morning of September 13, 2014. (Photo by Norm Shafer/ For The Washington Post via Getty Images).
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA- SEPTEMBER 19: At a Friday afternoon press conference Charlottesville (R) Police Chief Timothy Longo (that's Det. Sgt. Jim Mooney just left of him) was emotional as he pleaded with the public to think about anything they may have seen or remembered about events on the downtown mall last Friday at the time Hannah Graham disappeared. Graham went missing in downtown last Saturday morning. (Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA- SEPTEMBER 19: Investigators searched an apartment today as they followed up on a major lead they received in the case of missing UVA student Hannah Graham. They gathered after removing evidence from an apartment where a person of interest lived. Hannah Graham went missing in downtown last Saturday morning. (Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA- SEPTEMBER 19: Investigators searched an apartment today as they followed up on a major lead they received in the case of missing UVA student Hannah Graham. A forensics officer from the Charlottesville Police Department talked with a neighbor behind the apartment that was searched. Hannah Graham went missing in downtown last Saturday morning. (Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA- SEPTEMBER 19: At a Friday afternoon press conference Charlottesville (R) Police Chief Timothy Longo (that's Det. Sgt. Jim Mooney just left of him) was emotional as he pleaded with the public to think about anything they may have seen or remembered about events on the downtown mall last Friday at the time Hannah Graham disappeared. Graham went missing in downtown last Saturday morning. (Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
If you saw Jesse Matthew or his car last Saturday morning w/ #HannahGraham, call the police tip line at 434.295.3851. http://t.co/65WLdgILX5
A candlelight vigil attended by hundreds was held tonight at McIntyre Amphitheater (on the UVA campus). The vigil was to honor Hannah Graham who went missing in downtown last Saturday morning. Among those who came to show support was (R) Lily Davis, (a freshman age 18) from Berryville, Va.(Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
A candlelight vigil attended by hundreds was held at McIntyre Amphitheater (on the UVA campus). The vigil was to honor Hannah Graham who went missing in downtown last Saturday morning. (Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Bernard Bowles works very close to the spot on the mall where Heather Graham was last seen. He often hangs out in the area through the night and was around the night of her disappearance but says the he did not see anything unusual that night. Photos depict the route (as captured by surveillance cameras) thought to be where the lasting sightings of Hannah Graham occurred. Images were made in the early a.m. hours after midnight to approximate the conditions under which she was last seen. She went missing in downtown last Saturday morning. (Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
One of the cameras that captured Hannah Graham walking by on the mall. Photos depict the route (as captured by surveillance cameras) thought to be where the lasting sightings of Hannah Graham occurred. Images were made in the early a.m. hours after midnight to approximate the conditions under which she was last seen. She went missing in downtown last Saturday morning. (Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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He is expected to plead guilty to first-degree murder and intent to defile in both cases, sources close to the deal said. He will serve multiple life sentences, not concurrently, and there will be no chance for early release as a condition of the deal. Matthew will not be eligible for parole, and will relinquish any possibility of geriatric release.

He will no longer face any chance of getting the death penalty, as he will no longer face a July capital murder trial for Graham's murder. However, he will never again pose a threat to public safety, sources close to the deal said.


Hannah Graham and family

When Matthew appears in court Wednesday, he will face the parents of Graham, an 18-year-old University of Virginia student, who went missing in September 2014. Authorities found her remains the next month on abandoned property eight miles from where the second-year college student was last seen.

He will also face the parents of Harrington, a 20-year-old Virginia Tech student, who went missing in October 2009 after attending a Metallica concert in Charlottesville. Her remains were discovered on a nearby farm in January 2010. It was not until 2015 that a grand jury indicted Matthew on charges of first-degree murder and abduction with the intent to defile in the Harrington case.


Morgan Harrington and parents

Both families told CBS 6 they supported the plea. They will be entering statements in court today, something which is rare in a plea deal, but which the families requested.

"This is not a celebratory time of time of fist-pumping joy," Gil Harrington, Morgan's mother said to CBS 6. "Our daughter is still as dead as she was in 2009."

His admission will come 6.5 years after the Harrington's first learned of their daughter's demise.

For prosecutors, the plea deal is a win, said CBS 6 legal analyst Todd Stone.

"The expense and cost is so much more than money. It's resources and man power in such a small prosecutor's office," he said. "They now will be able to focus on prosecuting things that they have. Perhaps preventing this from happening in the future."

Last year, a judge sentenced Matthew to three life sentences for the 2005 sexual assault of a 26-year-old woman in Fairfax, Virginia. The DNA in that case tied together all cases.

A series of Twitter posts Monday on the page of "Help Save the Next Girl," an organization founded by Harrington's parents, expressed gratitude for the plea deal.

"There are no winners here," mother Gil Harrington told CNN affiliate WVIR. "You know, our daughters are still dead. But then, I corrected myself, that actually the winner is the community, and maybe that's what the abstract of justice means."

Albemarle County Commonwealth's Attorney Robert Tracci did not have anything to say ahead of the hearing,"in the interest of protecting the integrity of the judicial process."

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