AUSTIN -- A man charged with sexually assaulting and stabbing a woman before leaving her on the side of a road has been sentenced to six life sentences.
Willie Griffin, 48, was found guilty of the abduction, rape and attempted murder of a teenage girl in 2012.
Griffin was convicted on six charges, including aggravated kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault, attempted murder and three counts of sexual assault. He was given a life sentence for each charge.
Police say the attack took place on March 15, 2012. A 17-year-old girl was spotted crawling along Highway 290 near the Hays/Blanco County line. She was naked and struggling to survive. Police say Griffin picked up the teen at an Austin bus stop, assaulted her and stabbed her several times. He then dropped her off in Dripping Springs.
Griffin is also a suspect in what police say was a similar crime that occurred in 2011. According to his arrest affidavit, on July 6, 2011, firefighters responded to a brush fire along Springdale Road. Investigators found a woman's body burned along with a plastic bottle of charcoal lighter fluid. The body was later determined to be that of 26-year-old Elizabeth Escobar.
Investigators were able to find video from a nearby H-E-B store which shows Griffin filling up a gas can.
Griffin fled to Florida after the March 15 attack, but was picked up on an outstanding parole warrant. Authorities extradited him back to Hays County.