It’s been a few years since the tragic murder of Morgan Harrington, a 20 year-old Virginia Tech student who disappeared after attending a Metallica concert Charlotteseville, VA back in 2009. Her remains were found a few months after in the middle of a field, 10 miles from the concert venue and was later connected to Jesse Matthew Jr., who was arrested in connection with the disappearance of 18 year-old UVA student Hannah Graham.
Matthew, who is currently serving a prison term of three consecutive life sentences for sexually assaulting a woman in 2005, could have faced the death penalty in the Graham case had he been convicted at trial. However, according to a report by WTVR, Matthew will be spared life but will “never be a threat to [the] community.”
Gil Harrington, mother of Morgan Harrington, stated that both her and her husban Dan Harrington were “very relieved” by the outcome of the case:
“This was the most logical and compassionate way to resolve this,” she said. “It made no sense to go through a trial for someone who is already facing three life sentences.”
Metallica was actively assisting the Harrington family in the case since day one, by doing public service announcements, collaborating with the FBI during the investigation and even donating $100,000 to the reward on any information about the case and a scholarship in Harrington’s memory.