CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (WWBT) - The jury recommended 25 years in prison for George Huguely on his second degree murder conviction in the death of fellow University of Virginia student Yeardley Love in May 2010. They also recommended one year for his grand larceny conviction.
George Huguely returned to jail late Wednesday night-- some of his family sobbing as they left the courthouse, avoiding reporters.
After two hours of deliberations the jury came back with a sentence. He received 25 years for 2nd degree murder, and one year in prison for grand larceny.
Huguely was escorted by deputies to a waiting car. His family left court as quickly as possible, some of them crying. None wanting to talk.
Up until sentencing the 24-year-old former UVA lacrosse player showed no emotion. After Lexie and Sharon Love took the stand-- the only two witnesses to testify at sentencing, Huguely dropped his head and started crying.
This is reaction from attorneys on both sides.
"We are, of course, disappointed with this verdict, but we've been proud to represent George in his fight for fairness over the last couple of years. He has a supportive loving family. He's displayed amazing resilience. He's hopeful, he's spiritual, and we look forward to some corrections in what happened here tonight," Defense Attorney Francis Lawrence.
"There's nothing that we can say that will make good the terrible and tragic loss to the Love family. There are no winners in this case. There's nothing but loss everywhere. Our hearts go out to the Love family. They've suffered enormously," said Prosecutor Dave Chapman.
Yeardley Love's mother and sister released a brief statement: it reads in part: "We will continue to keep her spirit alive by performing works of kindness in her name. We would like to thank the commonwealth and Dave Chapman for his tireless efforts."
The 26 year sentence is a recommended sentence. The judge will have a final say at a later date. He could keep it or lower it.