CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) – A southeast Missouri man who tried to commit suicide by walking into traffic on Interstate 55 in April has pleaded guilty to first-degree child molestation.

Quinton Headrick Jr. of Cape Girardeau entered the plea Wednesday and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

The victim told her mother about the attempted sexual assault in April and relatives contacted police. Two days later, authorities say Headrick parked his car along the interstate, shot himself in the face, then walked onto the roadway where he was hit by a tractor-trailer.

He survived what were called life-threatening injuries.

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