Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/30/12
A judge today sentenced former Virginia men’s lacrosse player George Huguely to 23 years in prison for the death of former Virginia women’s lacrosse player and Notre Dame Prep graduate Yeardley Love.
Huguely, 24, was found guilty of second-degree murder and grand larceny in the May 2010 death of Love.
Defense lawyers argued for a 14-year sentence. Circuit Court Judge Edward Hogshire, who presided over the February trial and a hearing last week in which Huguely was denied a new trial, decided on a sentence three years less than what the jury had recommended.
Huguely, who didn’t testify in his trial, apologized to Love’s mother, Sharon Love, and her sister, Lexi Love.
Love’s mother and her sister issued a statement after the hearing.
“We find no joy in others’ sorrow,” the statement read, according to The Richmond Times-Dispatch. “We plan to work diligently through the One Love Foundation to try and prevent this from happening to another family. We are relieved to put this chapter behind us.”
Huguely is not eligible for parole, but his sentence can be reduced by 15 percent for good behavior and participation in programs offered by the state’s Department of Corrections. Huguely also will get two years credit for time served.
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