Huguely sentenced to 23 years for Yeardley Love death

Published: Aug. 30, 2012 at 8:57 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 26, 2013 at 6:42 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (WWBT) - The former UVA lacrosse player convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend will spend the next 21 years in jail.

George Huguely was sentenced to 23 years jail, with two years suspended. He will also pay $5,000 for court costs.

Huguely will also be on probation for three years after release, during which he is not allowed to drink alcohol.

Huguely's defense called several witnesses to testify that Huguely was a upstanding, loyal, giving and loving person. However, the Commonwealth also called several witnesses - they testified that Huguely showed a pattern of excessive drinking and violence.

Huguely addressed the court, stating:

"Ms. Love and Lexie, I am so sorry for your loss. I hope and pray you find peace, and I thank my family for all their love and support."

In May of 2010, after a day of drinking, Huguely beat Yeardley Love to death in her Charlottesville off-campus apartment. A jury found him guilty earlier this year.

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