Jesse Matthew is the prime suspect in the disappearance and murder of UVA student Hannah Graham, and today in court he filed an Alford plea in a previous attack, which by itself carries the possibility of multiple life sentences. His victim in this case flew from India to testify against him.

Alleged serial offender Jesse L. Matthew Jr. on Wednesday was found guilty in a brutal 2005 sexual assault in Fairfax City after a stunning development in which he admitted prosecutors had enough evidence to win a conviction.

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In the September 2005 attack, a woman was just steps from her home one night when she was dragged into a grassy area, choked and sexually assaulted. At some point her attacker fled, perhaps, prosecutors said, because the headlights of a car may have illuminated the dark patch where the assault occurred.

Matthew, 33, entered an Alford plea, which means he does not admit guilt but the defense agrees that the prosecution has enough evidence to convict him for the attack that left a young woman battered and dripping in blood. He was found guilty of attempted capital murder, abduction with intent to defile and a sexual assault charge.

“The court finds the evidence in this case is overwhelming,” Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge David Schell said.

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Matthew could be ordered to serve up to three life sentences at a sentencing scheduled for October. As part of his plea, he will also register as a sex offender.