RICHMOND, Va. – A man who will spend the rest of his life in prison for killing Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington and University of Virginia student Hannah Graham has another sentence to face -- he's been diagnosed with cancer.
That's according to Morgan Harrington's mother, Gil Harrington, who learned about Jesse Matthew's illness Tuesday.
"I have never been directing my energies in the rearview mirror and toward punishment and retribution," said Harrington.
And she says that hasn't changed, even with news that Matthew, the man who murdered her 20-year-old daughter Morgan in 2009, has been diagnosed with cancer.
"I'm not fist-bumping and happy that he has a challenging diagnosis," said Harrington.
Harrington says the legacy being built through Help Save the Next Girl, the nonprofit formed in Morgan's honor, continues to be her family's focus -- not Matthew's fate.
"Once he was stopped, whatever justice came forth, I was comfortable with," said Harrington. "And perhaps this is his destiny and his karma."
Harrington was also informed that Matthew was transferred to a different state prison for treatment. She said the most important thing is that he can never hurt another girl.