SANFORD, Fla. - James Hataway was sentenced to life in prison Monday after being found guilty last month of attempted first-degree murder and other charges in an attack on a woman. Hataway is also suspected in the unrelated disappearances of two people, according to authorities.
A Seminole County jury found Hataway guilty of trying to strangle Rachel Clarke after she gave him a ride home from a party in 2008. The jury deliberated less than three hours.
On Monday, Hataway was sentenced to life in prison for burglary with battery, 30 years for attempted first-degree murder, 15 years for robbery and five years for false imprisonment.
During the trial, Clarke demonstrated how Hataway twice tried to break her neck, saying he attacked her after giving her a goodnight hug. Clarke said Hataway chased her down the street, tackled her and bashed her head on the sidewalk.
Jurors also were shown photographs of Clarke in the hospital.
In a surprise move, Hataway took the stand during his trial, saying he was drunk the night of the attack. He said, however, that he was not trying to kill Clarke because he cared about her.
Hataway has been linked to the disappearances of Tracy Ocasio and Chris George, according to authorities.
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