A Charlottesville judge has reduced the sentence of George Huguely, the former University of Virginia lacrosse player convicted of killing Cockeysville native Yeardley Love, who also played lacrosse at UVa.
The jury’s recommendation was 26 years; the judge reduced that to 23 years.
Prosecutor Dave Chapman said that precisely quantifying justice is impossible, but the judge and the jury did the best they could.
“I think together they have gotten this case right,” he said.
George Huguely’s defense attorneys don’t see it that way. “Mister Huguely’s convictions will be reversed. We’re confident in that,” said one of his attorneys, Rhonda Quagliana.
They plan to file an appeal.
Chapman became emotional when talking about whether the sentence was appropriate.
“All I see is loss,” he said. “It will be that way forever. We just wish that it didn’t happen.”
During the sentencing hearing, Huguely spoke to Yeardley Love’s mother and sister – telling them: “I’m so sorry for your loss. I hope and pray that you might find peace.”
They did not testify, but released a statement, saying they plan to work through the One Love Foundation to try and prevent this from happening to another family.
During the sentencing hearing, prosecutors called witnesses who described earlier incidents of violence involving George Huguely. The defense called family members who described good works he did while growing up, and also a Catholic priest who said he has been visiting George Huguely once a week ever since his arrest.
“Mister Huguely remains optimistic and he remains hopeful that a thorough review of the case will lead to the outcome – the just outcome -- that he has sought from the beginning,” Quagliana said.
But the outcome for now, is that George Huguely will be heading to a Virginia prison, for the better part of two decades.
“He’ll be a young man when he’s released. Much life in front of him,” Chapman said.
Huguely does get credit for the more than two years he’s already been in jail. And Virginia’s “Truth in Sentencing” law is likely to take another two-and-a-half years off.
Al told, he’ll be out of prison around the time he’s about 40 years old.
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