CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - A jury says a former University of Virginia lacrosse player should serve 25 years in prison for the second-degree murder of his ex-girlfriend.
The jurors recommended the punishment hours after they found George Huguely V guilty of second-degree murder of Yeardley Love. The suburban Baltimore woman was found dead in the bedroom of her Charlottesville apartment in May 2010. He also was sentenced to 1 year for a grand larceny conviction.
Huguely's head was bowed during sentencing.
Love suffered a bashed in right eye and other facial injuries. Prosecutors said Huguely killed her in a drunken, jealous rage.
Circuit Judge Edward Hogshire scheduled an April hearing for formal sentencing. He is not bound by the jury's recommendations.
ABC2's Christian Schaffer tweeted live from the courtroom. Get your updates here & follow him at @chrisinbmore. Here is the latest from Charlottesville:
9:36: After deliberations began, judge and attorneys discussed what rejected defense testimony WOULD have been
# lovemurder # huguely ...and how the prosecution would have countered it. Defense had hoped to have expert testify on re-profusion injuries # lovemurder # huguely
9:15 : Huguely jury will be 7 men, 5 women. Two alternate jurors were chosen randomly and dismissed