UVa Lacrosse Player Guilty of Murder, Gets 26 Years

George Huguely sentenced for killing Yeardley Love
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2012 6:16 PM CST
Updated Feb 22, 2012 9:18 PM CST
UVa Lacrosse Player Guilty of 2nd-Degree Murder
George Huguely V , left, is escorted into court in Charlottesville, Va., today.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

(Newser) – The University of Virginia's high-profile murder trial has resulted in a second-degree murder conviction of former lacrosse player George Huguely, reports the Daily Progress. The jury sentenced the 24-year-old to 26 years in prison for killing fellow senior Yeardley Love in her apartment in 2010, reports the Washington Post. Jurors compromised between prosecutors' request for a first-degree conviction, which could have brought a life sentence, and the defense's hopes for manslaughter.

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"Every single day is different," Love's mother told jurors during the sentencing phase. "Some days it's just unbearable." (Read more George Huguely stories.)

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