Jury recommends 26 years in prison for ex-lacrosse player
George Huguely was accused of beating to death his former girifriend Yeardley Love in her apartment.
February 22nd, 2012
07:20 PM ET

Jury recommends 26 years in prison for ex-lacrosse player

[Updated at 11:18 p.m. ET] A jury late Wednesday recommended a prison sentence of 26 years for former University of Virginia lacrosse player George Huguely, convicted of second-degree murder and grand larceny in the death of his ex-girlfriend, Yeardley Love, who also played lacrosse at Virginia.

The judge has the option of accepting that sentence or imposing a lesser one. The recommendation is 25 years on the murder count and one year for grand larceny.

The jury's verdicts were read earlier Wednesday. Sentencing has been scheduled for April 16.

Huguely, 24, was found not guilty on the most serious charge - first-degree murder - in the May 2010 death of Love, 22. He was acquitted on several other charges, including robbery and breaking and entering to commit larceny.

The sentencing range for a second-degree murder conviction is between five and 40 years.

A medical examiner ruled that blunt force trauma killed Love, and authorities alleged Huguely caused it during an altercation at Love's off-campus apartment, where a roommate found her dead days before graduation.

A defense attorney told jurors during closing arguments in Charlottesville, Virginia, that Huguely contributed to Love's death, but did not kill her and had no intent to do so.

[Initial post, 6:07 a.m.] Jury deliberations are expected to begin Wednesday in the trial of a former University of Virginia lacrosse player accused of fatally beating his ex-girlfriend.

George Huguely contributed to his ex-girlfriend's death, but did not kill her and had no intent to do so, his attorney said during closing arguments Saturday.

"Yes, George contributed to her death. But no, he didn't kill her ... he left there with her alive, and that is not in dispute. There was no intentional killing, because she wasn't dead when he left," defense attorney Francis Lawrence said.

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  1. AMERICA 1st

    Send him to the gas chamber!

    February 22, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Yes, George contributed to her death. But no, he didn’t kill her . . . he left there with her alive, and that is not in dispute.
    OK. Then..... why is she dead?
    I didn't know the statute of limitatations runs out on a 1st Degree Murder charge and the client can flip his plea, because they "allowed" someone to live 5, 10, or even 90 minutes after they die of internal hemoraging. Someone forgot thier Immodium this morning?

    February 22, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • ♔Mmmmm♕

      yep!...leave it to an attorney to find a needle in a haystack

      February 22, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BOMBO ©

    I guess Jeff, it means if you shoot someone, take the victim's pulse to make sure he/she is not dead yet. Rush out of the room as fast as you can, so that it's not murder. You can say the victim was alive when you left. The defense lawyer is really reaching with that explanation.

    Also, according to the caption, "George Huguely is accused of breaking into the apartment of his former girifriend Yeardley Love and beating her to death." TWICE.

    February 22, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    All the time criminal courts have numerous cases where the prosecution is setting limits on charges, but in reality it's those limits that are contingent on the transitional state of the victim.
    Go to an First Degree Attempted Murder? Yes, if the victim was alive today.

    February 22, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    The judge can, insted of sentencing, give the defendant a Poweball ticket (oh what fun). If he wins, he can pay his attorney fees, all court costs,even pay off the victims family, and go free cause he let his ex-girlfriend live a spell before she bit the dust..OK? If he loses....well.

    February 22, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    That has got to be one of the most asinine statements I've ever seen. " She was still alive when he left. " Therefor there was no intentional killing. WTH does that mean ? He beat her down and left her on the floor to die.

    February 22, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"


    Just more proof, 2000 years has passed, and the Anti-Christ has returned.

    February 22, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©

      Sorry man but you lost me on that one. Expand a little, please.

      February 22, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. washeaFOXsubscriber?

    YOU know if WHITNEY HUSTON cannot make IT on her salary in America OR immigrate to be with her Harems on some Island... then you know its over for the CLOWN YOUTH of "america"... GIVE IT BACK TO THE INDIANS TODAY !!!

    February 22, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • ♔Mmmmm♕

      why so narrow in point...money makes no determination on the value of a person neither is it a determinant of importance...for the poor man is just as valuable as a rich man...nor is money a talisman against suffering, poverty, pain, tragedy, addictions or death...also stop raggin' on the Indians...they were generous and charitable to the pilgrims...and what kinna thanks did they got for tolerating the univited european immigrants and aliens?

      February 22, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Greek American


    One of the best points that I have seen in a long time. This is another sad story and death that could've been prevented. I hope the judge gives him max sentence.

    February 22, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ♔Mmmmm♕

    ...now if he was married tah her, probally wouldinah got no time attall...

    February 22, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. raven

    So, by that logic, the guy that beats his girlfriend WITHOUT intending to actually KILL her (and she dies)should receive less punishment than the guy who INTENDS to kill her? That sounds reasonable, cuz y' know people would never LIE about their intent.

    February 22, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    She will never cry again, never laugh again, never have children, never get to be with her family again, never party with her friends again.
    But the so-called law rewards the person that left her this way. With three squares a day, TV, computer, a roof over his head. Whether he intended to or not.
    Maybe in another 50 years, long after I'm dead.....the law will simply "allow" people to kill other people. I hope not for my kids sake.

    February 23, 2012 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  13. ronald mcloughlin

    A genuinely sad, sad story of passion & young, violent love. Who knows her full responsibility in all this?

    February 23, 2012 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
  14. Superman

    @Mmmmmm. Good job supporting the indians of the original american indians i love it when someone can remember the history. The indians where very generous to us and we turned around and robbed them blind . You ever heard of the song RUN TO THE HILLS , from IRON MAIDEN? Willit pretty much tells the truth of what the europeans did to the indians .

    February 23, 2012 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
    • ♔Mmmmm♕

      ...not into heavy metal...very negative medium to be exposed to...it destroys the water molecules formations around the brain and in the body...i like my healthy snowflake formations...

      February 23, 2012 at 5:03 am | Report abuse |

    Walkin' The Mile!
    Walkin' the Green Mile!

    February 23, 2012 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
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