UVa Lacrosse Player Gets 23 Years for Murder

George Huguely killed girlfriend Yeardley Love in 2010

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Aug 30, 2012 4:45 PM CDT

(Newser) – A former college lacrosse player was sentenced today to 23 years in prison for the alcohol-fueled beating death of his ex-girlfriend. George W. Huguely V was sentenced for the slaying of 22-year-old Yeardley Love, who was found face down in her blood-soaked pillow on May 3, 2010. Authorities said the 24-year-old defendant left his on-again, off-again girlfriend to die after he kicked a hole in her bedroom door and physically confronted her about their sputtering two-year relationship. Police said he had been drinking heavily that day.

Circuit Judge Edward Hogshire reduced the jury's recommended sentence by three years. "Unlike Miss Love, Mr. Huguely still has the majority of his life ahead of him," he said. Before the sentence was read, Huguely addressed the court. He rose from the defense table and looked across the courtroom to Love's mother, Sharon Love, and tearfully said, "I'm so sorry for your loss." He also thanked family members for their support.

Former Virginia lacrosse player and convicted murderer George Huguely is led to court for his sentencing.
Former Virginia lacrosse player and convicted murderer George Huguely is led to court for his sentencing.   (Steve Helber)
This undated file photo provided by the University of Virginia shows Yeardley Love.
This undated file photo provided by the University of Virginia shows Yeardley Love.   (AP Photo/Media Relations University of Virginia, File)
Sharon Love, left, mother of victim Yeardley Love, and her daughter, Lexie, arrive at the Charlottesville Circuit courthouse for the sentencing.
Sharon Love, left, mother of victim Yeardley Love, and her daughter, Lexie, arrive at the Charlottesville Circuit courthouse for the sentencing.   (Steve Helber)
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