As a part of the deal he made with prosecutors, Shelton (pictured in mug shot), 27, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted first-degree murder and was immediately sentenced to 20 years in prison.
In a videotaped statement to police, Shelton said he and Reeves had sex one time and tried to end their relationship while driving around with Reeves on April 27, 2006. Shelton said he unbuckled her seat belt and tried to push her out of the car after she became upset.
Shelton told investigators that he heard her neck pop and her body went limp. He drove to a city park and carried her into the woods "to make it look like she got strangled there."
He tightened his belt around her neck until he heard a gurgle. He left her for dead in woods so thick rescuers had to use chain saws to access 30 hours later when she was found by searchers.
Rescuers first thought Reeves was dead; she could not move and her eyes were glassy. When she took a breath, they realized for the first time she was still alive.
Ashley went through months of intense rehabilitation. She had to learn how to swallow, talk and move her head and arms. She recently graduated from high school, however, and plans to attend college.
"I'm glad it's over with," Reeves told reporters after the sentencing. "I just want to continue with my life and not worry about it."
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Photo: Police Mug Shot