During the trial he pleaded guilty to charges of rape, burglary, tampering with evidence, gross abuse of a corpse and kidnapping with sexual motivation.
He came to the attention of authorities on Sept. 13 when a woman he kidnapped escaped and called 911.
When police responded to the house Grate at been staying at they made a horrifying discovery. Inside, investigators located the decomposing body of Hicks in the basement on the cold concrete floor, buried under a pile of trash and debris. Hicks was naked from the waist down and had a cloth tied around her neck.
Upstairs, authorities made another grisly discovery — a closet covered in duct tape with a "deplorable smell" emanating from it. Inside was the body of Griffith hidden under a pile of clothing. Like Hicks, Griffith had also been tied up.