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A confessed murderer serving multiple life sentences for the slayings of two Virginia college students has been diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer and was transferred to a new prison this week to undergo treatment.

Jesse Matthew Jr., 37, pleaded guilty in 2016 to killing Morgan Harrington, a 20-year-old student at Virginia Tech, and Hannah Graham, an 18-year-old student at the University of Virginia. The two women were killed about five years apart, and Matthew Jr. was only connected to the Harrington case after police tied him to Graham’s killing.

Jesse Matthew Jr. was transferred on Monday to a new prison in Virginia to undergo cancer treatment, officials said.

Jesse Matthew Jr. was transferred on Monday to a new prison in Virginia to undergo cancer treatment, officials said. (Pool, File)

Matthew was moved from Virginia’s Red Onion State Prison, in Wise County, to Sussex I State Prison on Monday. He confirmed to WTVR earlier this month he’d been diagnosed with the disease, which is reportedly in its most advanced stage and has traveled beyond the colon. The American Cancer Society pegged the current survival rate for stage 4 colon cancer at 14 percent in a 2017 study.

MAN SENTENCED FOR WIFE’S COLD-CASE MURDER THAT SON HELPED SOLVE YEARS LATER

Jesse Matthew Jr. pleaded guilty to killing Hannah Graham, left, and Morgan Harrington, right.

Jesse Matthew Jr. pleaded guilty to killing Hannah Graham, left, and Morgan Harrington, right.

In October 2009, Harrington disappeared after she left a Metallica concert at UVA’s basketball arena. More than three months later, in January 2010, her body was found in a field roughly 10 miles south of Charlottesville.

“This is justice and perhaps karma.”

— Gil Harrington

Years later, Graham disappeared after leaving an off-campus party alone in September 2014. Her body was found a month later — about six miles from where Harrington’s body was found.

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Harrington’s mother told WTVR Matthew “doesn’t loom big in my mind.”

“He is contained and our mission is to help save the next girl, so I take comfort however this plays out,” Gil Harrington said. “This is justice and perhaps karma.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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A probe into Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook — which featured a racist photo of a man in blackface standing next to someone in Ku Klux Klan garb — revealed that the school’s president, who donated to the Democrat’s campaign, knew about the image but decided against taking action.

The law firm investigating the origin and content of a racist photo, which appeared on Northam’s page inside the 1984 yearbook, said Wednesday that investigators were unable to determine whether the governor is one of the people seen in the photo or has any other direct connection to it.

VIRGINIA GOV. NORTHAM’S MEDICAL SCHOOL ‘UNABLE TO DETERMINE THE IDENTITY OF THE INDIVIDUALS’ IN RACIST PHOTO

Fox News obtained a copy of the 1984 yearbook page from the Eastern Virginia Medical School library in Norfolk.

Fox News obtained a copy of the 1984 yearbook page from the Eastern Virginia Medical School library in Norfolk.

But the EVMS investigation report disclosed that school President Richard Homan — a donor to Northam’s campaign — had learned about the racist yearbook photo from his staff, raising questions about whether politics was taken into consideration in Homan’s decision not to address the matter.

“The staff members were advising the president at the time of the photograph and asking if EVMS had an obligation to or should do something about it, such as notifying Governor Northam about it,” the report read.

“The president of EVMS decided that the school should not take steps to publicly announce the photograph or to call Governor Northam’s attention to it.”

“The president of EVMS decided that the school should not take steps to publicly announce the photograph or to call Governor Northam’s attention to it.”

— Investigation report

Staff members told investigators that they thought the governor would “already be aware of what was on his personal yearbook page,” while Homan insisted on moving forward rather than revisiting photos from the past.

RALPH NORTHAM YEARBOOK PHOTO BACKLASH: 3 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRGINIA GOVERNOR

According to the Washington Free Beacon, Homan has been supporting Northam’s political ambitions since 2013. He donated $1,000 to Northam’s campaign for lieutenant governor. He then contributed another $1,000 when Northam ran for governor and later donated $10,000 to his inaugural committee in 2017.

Working on behalf of EVMS, McGuireWoods investigators said they couldn’t “conclusively determine” the identities of either person in the 35-year-old photo – leaving all interested parties exactly where they were when the scandal first broke nearly four months ago.

The photo first gained attention after a conservative blog, Big League Politics, dug it up. The backlash was immediate against the Democratic governor, prompting him to go into damage control, offering conflicting statements within hours.

Northam initially issued two apologies within hours of the publication of the photo. He reversed course the next day and said he wasn’t convinced he was one of the men pictured. He did, however, reveal he wore blackface once, decades ago, to look like Michael Jackson for a dance contest.

The 36-page report found no one “with first-hand knowledge of an actual mistake on any page, including any personal page, within the 1984 yearbook” and no evidence that the photo was placed in error, according to the report.

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The report also identified 10 photographs depicting individuals in blackface based on the law firm’s review of all EVMS yearbooks, according to the school.

Fox News Travis Fedschun contributed to this report.

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A probe into Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook — which featured a racist photo of a man in blackface standing next to someone in Ku Klux Klan garb — revealed that the school’s president, who donated to the Democrat’s campaign, knew about the image but decided against taking action.

The law firm investigating the origin and content of a racist photo, which appeared on Northam’s page inside the 1984 yearbook, said Wednesday that investigators were unable to determine whether the governor is one of the people seen in the photo or has any other direct connection to it.

VIRGINIA GOV. NORTHAM’S MEDICAL SCHOOL ‘UNABLE TO DETERMINE THE IDENTITY OF THE INDIVIDUALS’ IN RACIST PHOTO

Fox News obtained a copy of the 1984 yearbook page from the Eastern Virginia Medical School library in Norfolk.

Fox News obtained a copy of the 1984 yearbook page from the Eastern Virginia Medical School library in Norfolk.

But the EVMS investigation report disclosed that school President Richard Homan — a donor to Northam’s campaign — had learned about the racist yearbook photo from his staff, raising questions about whether politics was taken into consideration in Homan’s decision not to address the matter.

“The staff members were advising the president at the time of the photograph and asking if EVMS had an obligation to or should do something about it, such as notifying Governor Northam about it,” the report read.

“The president of EVMS decided that the school should not take steps to publicly announce the photograph or to call Governor Northam’s attention to it.”

“The president of EVMS decided that the school should not take steps to publicly announce the photograph or to call Governor Northam’s attention to it.”

— Investigation report

Staff members told investigators that they thought the governor would “already be aware of what was on his personal yearbook page,” while Homan insisted on moving forward rather than revisiting photos from the past.

RALPH NORTHAM YEARBOOK PHOTO BACKLASH: 3 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRGINIA GOVERNOR

According to the Washington Free Beacon, Homan has been supporting Northam’s political ambitions since 2013. He donated $1,000 to Northam’s campaign for lieutenant governor. He then contributed another $1,000 when Northam ran for governor and later donated $10,000 to his inaugural committee in 2017.

Working on behalf of EVMS, McGuireWoods investigators said they couldn’t “conclusively determine” the identities of either person in the 35-year-old photo – leaving all interested parties exactly where they were when the scandal first broke nearly four months ago.

The photo first gained attention after a conservative blog, Big League Politics, dug it up. The backlash was immediate against the Democratic governor, prompting him to go into damage control, offering conflicting statements within hours.

Northam initially issued two apologies within hours of the publication of the photo. He reversed course the next day and said he wasn’t convinced he was one of the men pictured. He did, however, reveal he wore blackface once, decades ago, to look like Michael Jackson for a dance contest.

The 36-page report found no one “with first-hand knowledge of an actual mistake on any page, including any personal page, within the 1984 yearbook” and no evidence that the photo was placed in error, according to the report.

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The report also identified 10 photographs depicting individuals in blackface based on the law firm’s review of all EVMS yearbooks, according to the school.

Fox News Travis Fedschun contributed to this report.

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She loved her dog to death. Both of their deaths.

A Virginia woman reportedly had her healthy dog euthanized so that it could be buried with her as a part of her last will and testament.

Emma, a Shih Tzu mix, was brought to the Chesterfield Animal Shelter on March 8 after her unidentified owner was found dead in her home early that day, Elizabeth Caroon, the public information coordinator with the Chesterfield County Police,  told Fox News.

Several days later, on March 22, the executor of the owner’s estate arrived at the shelter to retrieve the dog after being left with explicit instructions that the dog be euthanized and laid to rest with the dead woman, WWBT reported.

DOG WALKER CAUGHT NAKED IN CLIENT’S HOME: ‘IT GOT HOT’

“We did suggest they could sign the dog over on numerous occasions, because it’s a dog we could easily find a home for her and re-home,” shelter manager Carrie Jones told the local station.

Caroon told Fox News that despite multiple pleas by shelter staff to rehome the dog, Emma was ultimately retrieved by the executor.

The dog was reportedly taken to a local vet’s office where it was euthanized. The remains were cremated, placed in an urn and returned to the legal owner of the woman’s property, WWBT reported.

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Caroon said that police did not know if the animal ended up being buried with its owner but the legality of this under Virginia law seems unlikely.

“Permitting the interment of a pet in the same grave, crypt, or niche as the remains of a human” is prohibited under VAC 47-20-190 and no private company may “engage in the business of a cemetery company in the Commonwealth without first being issued a license by the board.”

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That’s it?

The law firm investigating the origin and content of a racist picture of a man in blackface standing next to someone in Ku Klux Klan garb — a photo that was placed on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s medical school yearbook page — said Wednesday that investigators were unable to determine whether the governor is seen in the photo or has any other connection to it.

Working on behalf of Eastern Virginia Medical School, McGuireWoods investigators said Wednesday they couldn’t “conclusively determine” the identities of either person in the 35-year-old photo — leaving all interested parties exactly where they were when the scandal first broke nearly four months ago.

The photo from the 1984 yearbook first gained attention after a conservative blog, Big League Politics, dug it up. The backlash was swift against the Democratic governor — who initially apologized for being in the photo and then later said he was not either of the men in the pic. But even as the calls for his resignation grew louder, Northam offered no hints he’d consider bowing out of office.

When scandals soon enveloped the state’s lieutenant governor and attorney general — the men, in order of succession, who would have been in line to be governor if Northam resigned — Northam’s foothold in the governor’s mansion became far more secure. In a flood of information, it was revealed that Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring wore blackface in college and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax has been accused of sexual assault by two women.

“We could not conclusively determine the identity of either individual depicted in that photograph,” Richard Cullen, who led the investigation, told reporters.

RALPH NORTHAM YEARBOOK PHOTO BACKLASH: 3 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRGINIA GOVERNOR

Northam initially issued two apologies within hours of the publication of the photo. He reversed course the next day and said he wasn’t convinced he was one of the men pictured. He did, however, reveal he wore blackface once, decades ago, to look like Michael Jackson for a dance contest.

Investigators said the governor made multiple “conflicting statements,” but no individual with knowledge could tell them if Northam was in the photo nor came forward to say if they knew it was him.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, left, gestures as his wife, Pam, listens during a Feb. 2 news conference in the Governors Mansion at the Capitol in Richmond, Va.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, left, gestures as his wife, Pam, listens during a Feb. 2 news conference in the Governors Mansion at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

The report included interviews with 52 people, that included current and former staff, students of EVMS. Northam was interviewed twice, while the first lady of Virginia was also interviewed in addition to other staff members. At least one former student declined to be interviewed when asked, officials said Wednesday.

The governor initially apologized to for being in the picture out of an abundance of caution, according to investigators. Investigators said Northam didn’t believe he was in the photo when he first saw it but did not want to issue an immediate denial in case someone would contradict him.

Attorney Richard Cullen was one of the investigators told reporters Northam “erred on the side of caution initially and immediately regretted not having denied.”

The 36-page report from McGuireWoods found no one “with first-hand knowledge of an actual mistake on any page, including any personal page, within the 1984 yearbook” and no evidence that the photo was placed in error, according to the report.  The report also identified 10 photographs depicting individuals in blackface based on the law firm’s review of all EVMS yearbooks, according to the school.

Fox News obtained a copy of the 1984 yearbook page from the Eastern Virginia Medical School library in Norfolk.

Fox News obtained a copy of the 1984 yearbook page from the Eastern Virginia Medical School library in Norfolk.

EVMS President Richard Homan said the investigation was meant to “maintain the public’s trust and ensure an independent and objective assessment of the past.”

“We knew we needed outside assistance,” he said.

NORTHAM VOWS TO STAY IN OFFICE TO HELP VIRGINIA ‘HEAL’

After resisting resignation, Northam said he wanted to focus his remaining three years in office on racial inequities. He’s received praise from black lawmakers for halting suspensions of driver’s licenses for motorists with unpaid court fines, and for reviewing how the nation’s fraught racial history is taught in Virginia public schools.

The photo on Northam’s 1984 yearbook page was one of three that year that contained blackface depictions. School leaders called it “shockingly abhorrent” and commissioned an investigation into past yearbooks and the school’s culture at the time.

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Dr. Giac Chan Nguyen-Tan, a physician practicing in Connecticut, said earlier this year that a page he laid out for the yearbook was changed before publication without his knowledge.

Fox News’ Louis Casiano and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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That’s it?

The law firm investigating the origin and content of a racist picture of a man in blackface standing next to someone in Ku Klux Klan garb — a photo that was placed on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s medical school yearbook page — said Wednesday that investigators were unable to determine whether the governor is seen in the photo or has any other connection to it.

Working on behalf of Eastern Virginia Medical School, McGuireWoods investigators said Wednesday they couldn’t “conclusively determine” the identities of either person in the 35-year-old photo — leaving all interested parties exactly where they were when the scandal first broke nearly four months ago.

The photo from the 1984 yearbook first gained attention after a conservative blog, Big League Politics, dug it up. The backlash was swift against the Democratic governor — who initially apologized for being in the photo and then later said he was not either of the men in the pic. But even as the calls for his resignation grew louder, Northam offered no hints he’d consider bowing out of office.

When scandals soon enveloped the state’s lieutenant governor and attorney general — the men, in order of succession, who would have been in line to be governor if Northam resigned — Northam’s foothold in the governor’s mansion became far more secure. In a flood of information, it was revealed that Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring wore blackface in college and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax has been accused of sexual assault by two women.

“We could not conclusively determine the identity of either individual depicted in that photograph,” Richard Cullen, who led the investigation, told reporters.

RALPH NORTHAM YEARBOOK PHOTO BACKLASH: 3 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRGINIA GOVERNOR

Northam initially issued two apologies within hours of the publication of the photo. He reversed course the next day and said he wasn’t convinced he was one of the men pictured. He did, however, reveal he wore blackface once, decades ago, to look like Michael Jackson for a dance contest.

Investigators said the governor made multiple “conflicting statements,” but no individual with knowledge could tell them if Northam was in the photo nor came forward to say if they knew it was him.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, left, gestures as his wife, Pam, listens during a Feb. 2 news conference in the Governors Mansion at the Capitol in Richmond, Va.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, left, gestures as his wife, Pam, listens during a Feb. 2 news conference in the Governors Mansion at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

The report included interviews with 52 people, that included current and former staff, students of EVMS. Northam was interviewed twice, while the first lady of Virginia was also interviewed in addition to other staff members. At least one former student declined to be interviewed when asked, officials said Wednesday.

The governor initially apologized to for being in the picture out of an abundance of caution, according to investigators. Investigators said Northam didn’t believe he was in the photo when he first saw it but did not want to issue an immediate denial in case someone would contradict him.

Attorney Richard Cullen was one of the investigators told reporters Northam “erred on the side of caution initially and immediately regretted not having denied.”

The 36-page report from McGuireWoods found no one “with first-hand knowledge of an actual mistake on any page, including any personal page, within the 1984 yearbook” and no evidence that the photo was placed in error, according to the report.  The report also identified 10 photographs depicting individuals in blackface based on the law firm’s review of all EVMS yearbooks, according to the school.

Fox News obtained a copy of the 1984 yearbook page from the Eastern Virginia Medical School library in Norfolk.

Fox News obtained a copy of the 1984 yearbook page from the Eastern Virginia Medical School library in Norfolk.

EVMS President Richard Homan said the investigation was meant to “maintain the public’s trust and ensure an independent and objective assessment of the past.”

“We knew we needed outside assistance,” he said.

NORTHAM VOWS TO STAY IN OFFICE TO HELP VIRGINIA ‘HEAL’

After resisting resignation, Northam said he wanted to focus his remaining three years in office on racial inequities. He’s received praise from black lawmakers for halting suspensions of driver’s licenses for motorists with unpaid court fines, and for reviewing how the nation’s fraught racial history is taught in Virginia public schools.

The photo on Northam’s 1984 yearbook page was one of three that year that contained blackface depictions. School leaders called it “shockingly abhorrent” and commissioned an investigation into past yearbooks and the school’s culture at the time.

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Dr. Giac Chan Nguyen-Tan, a physician practicing in Connecticut, said earlier this year that a page he laid out for the yearbook was changed before publication without his knowledge.

Fox News’ Louis Casiano and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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A 900-pound Virginia man pleaded guilty in a cocaine conspiracy case from inside an ambulance during a hearing the loading dock of a federal courthouse on Tuesday.

Kenneth Hicks, 48, from Emporia, pleaded guilty from a stretcher inside an ambulance that had been backed up to the loading zone of the U.S. Courthouse in downtown Richmond, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

During the hearing, Magistrate Judge David Novak noted how the court had gone through “some extraordinary procedures” to deal with Hicks’ health issues and to “protect his dignity.”

JURY DELIBERATES IN VERMONT WRONG-WAY CRASH THAT KILLED 5

Previously, Novak had approved an unusual plan to get Hicks to the courthouse in a way that protected his health, safety and dignity. The elaborate plan involved the possibility of cutting a hole in the wall of Hicks’ residence in order to lift him out.

Kenneth Hicks, 48, from Emporia, Va., pleaded guilty in a cocaine conspiracy case on Tuesday. The hearing had to be in the loading dock of the U.S. Courthouse in Richmond and Hicks made his plea from an ambulance that had been backed up to the loading zone.

Kenneth Hicks, 48, from Emporia, Va., pleaded guilty in a cocaine conspiracy case on Tuesday. The hearing had to be in the loading dock of the U.S. Courthouse in Richmond and Hicks made his plea from an ambulance that had been backed up to the loading zone. (iStock)

“The FBI and U.S. Marshals may determine that it is necessary to open a large hole in the wall of the structure in order to facilitate the use of a device capable of lifting the defendant’s weight,” the request, which was approved by the judge, said.

“This procedure may also require the removal of the ramp near his doorway, and trees on the property. This procedure may require the bracing of the floor, and the removal of parts of the ceiling structure as well,” the request continued. “All steps will be taken to minimize damage and protect the defendant’s property.”

135 OFFICERS ARREST 50 PEOPLE IN MASSIVE CONNECTICUT HEROIN BUST: 11 SUSPECTS ON THE RUN

Hicks — who reportedly cannot dress himself or walk — was supposed to appear in court last week, but after he was removed from his home he had to be brought to a hospital. He told the court he was being treated for injuries on his back and was receiving insulin.

During the hearing, his lawyer was in the ambulance with him, the Times-Dispatch reported, while Magistrate Judge David Novak and a prosecutor sat at a table on the loading dock.

Hicks pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute, which took place from 2013 to 2017. The conspiracy involved 18 people, according to the Times-Dispatch, who have been charged in three indictments.

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Hicks faces a minimum of five years up to a maximum of 40 years and a $5 million fine, the outlet reported. Novak scheduled Hicks’ sentencing hearing for September.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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The hotly anticipated findings of a probe into how a racially charged photo appeared on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s yearbook page 35 years ago is expected to be released Wednesday.

The Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk announced it would release a written report at that time and hold a news conference. The law firm McGuireWoods completed a monthslong independent inquiry into the photo on the 1984 yearbook page, which shows one person in blackface and another in Ku Klux Klan garb.

Northam’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News on Tuesday.

CLINTON, OCASIO-CORTEZ JOIN DEM CHORUS CALLING FOR NORTHAM TO RESIGN; MEDICAL SCHOOL VOWS REVIEW OF PAST YEARBOOKS

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, left, gestures as his wife, Pam, listens during a Feb. 2 news conference in the Governors Mansion at the Capitol in Richmond. A law firm has completed its investigation into how a racially charged photo appeared on a yearbook page for Northam back in 1984. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, left, gestures as his wife, Pam, listens during a Feb. 2 news conference in the Governors Mansion at the Capitol in Richmond. A law firm has completed its investigation into how a racially charged photo appeared on a yearbook page for Northam back in 1984. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

The photo was published by a conservative blog, Big League Politics, and resulted in a backlash against the Democratic governor and calls for his resignation. The matter soon engulfed other politicians, including Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, who admitted to wearing blackface in college, and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, who was accused of sexual assault by two women.

NORTHAM SAYS HE IS NOT IN RACIST YEARBOOK PHOTO, BUT ACKNOWLEDGES DARKENING FACE FOR ANOTHER PARTY

Northam initially issued two apologies within hours of the publication of the photo. He reversed course the next day and said he wasn’t convinced he was one of the men pictured. He did, however, reveal he wore blackface once, decades ago, to look like Michael Jackson for a dance contest.

Upon resisting calls from political opponents and many in his own party to step down, Northam said he wanted to focus his remaining three years in office on racial inequities.

Since the scandal broke, he’s received praise from black lawmakers for halting suspensions of driver’s licenses for motorists with unpaid court fines, and for reviewing how the nation’s fraught racial history is taught in Virginia public schools.

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The photo on Northam’s 1984 yearbook page was one of three that year that contained blackface depictions. School leaders called it “shockingly abhorrent” and commissioned an investigation into past yearbooks and the school’s culture at the time.

Dr. Giac Chan Nguyen-Tan, a physician practicing in Connecticut, said earlier this year that a page he laid out for the yearbook was changed before publication without his knowledge.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning is headed back to jail for refusing to testify before a grand jury in the WikiLeaks probe.

Manning served two months at William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center in Alexandria, Va. for a contempt charge regarding the same issue, but was released on Friday after the grand jury term expired.

CHELSEA MANNING RELEASED FROM JAIL AFTER REFUSING TO TESTIFY BEFORE GRAND JURY

This time, a judge ordered Manning to the Alexandria Detention Center, where she can face up to 18 months in prison, the length of the grand jury term, unless she agrees to cooperate with the investigation sooner.

Manning said she’d rather stay in jail “forever” than testify to the grand jury probing Wikileaks, describing the subpoena as “an attempt to place me back in confinement.”

“There’s nothing new,” Manning said Thursday during a press conference before her court hearing in Alexandria. “They’re not asking anything new, there’s no new information.”

She told the judge she’d “rather starve to death” than comply with the subpoena.

“Facing jail again, potentially today doesn’t change my stance,” Manning said before entering her hearing. “The prosecutors are deliberately placing me in an impossible situation.”

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Manning was found guilty of espionage and theft in 2013 and was sentenced to 35 years in prison after she leaked classified documents to Wikileaks’ Julian Assange. Her sentence was commuted by President Barack Obama in 2017 and she was released from prison after seven years of imprisonment.

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The FBI on Tuesday identified the hiker who was hacked to death with a machete on the Appalachian Trail in Virginia over the weekend.

The victim, Ronald S. Sanchez Jr., 43, of Oklahoma., died of injuries sustained in the attack early Saturday, according to Richmond FBI  Special Agent in Charge David Archey and Charlottesville U.S. Attorney Thomas Cullen.

James Jordan, 36, of Cape Cod, Mass., was arrested and accused of killing Sanchez and nearly killing a female hiker with a machete, officials said. The female hiker played dead after being stabbed multiple times, the FBI said. She reached two other hikers after walking six miles while injured and bleeding.

FEDS ARREST MAN IN DEADLY MACHETE ATTACK ON APPALACHIAN TRAIL IN VIRGINIA

“This incident remains the subject of an ongoing investigation, and additional information, including the identities and status of the surviving victim hikers, will not be released at this time,” Archey and Cullen said. “Please respect the privacy of these hikers as they heal from the physical and emotional wounds sustained during last weekend’s incident.”

A federal judge ordered Jordan to undergo a psychiatric exam.

Mugshot for James Jordan

Mugshot for James Jordan (U.S. District Court)

At the time of the attack, Jordan was on probation in a case in Tennessee in which he was accused of threatening hikers on the Appalachian Trail with a knife and a machete.

The Unicoi County deputy who arrested him April 22 said that during an interview, Jordan was slurring his words and appeared to be “under the influence,” according to court papers obtained by Fox News.

APPALACHIAN TRAIL MACHETE ATTACK SUSPECT WAS ACTING ‘DISTURBED AND UNSTABLE’: FBI COMPLAINT

The deputy also said that he searched Jordan’s bag and found marijuana and a large knife wrapped in cardboard with orange tape “fitting the description of the said possible assault,” the court papers say.

Jordan was booked into the jail on $5,000 bail and released three days later after pleading guilty to criminal impersonation, marijuana possession and public intoxication.

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He was given a sentence of probation and ordered to pay a fine.

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