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Judge Sentences Huguely to 23 Years

George Huguely was convicted in February for second-degree murder in Yeardley Love's death.

Lawyers for George Huguely V asked for leniency in his sentencing Thursday, and they got a little.

Huguely was sentenced Thursday to 23 years in prison for the 2010 murder of his ex-girlfriend, Cockeysville native Yeardley Love, according to WUSA.

The Chevy Chase native was also given three years supervised probation (to follow the prison sentence) and is serving one year for larceny concurrently, the television station reports.

His defense, however, plans to appeal, WJLA reports.

Huguely of second-degree murder and grand larceny after a Charlottesville jury found that he beat Love and left her for dead in her off-campus apartment. The jury found Huguely stole Love's laptop.

The jury recommended that Huguely spend 26 years in prison. Virginia judges may reduce the recommended sentence, but typically follow the jury's choice. Virginia does not offer parole, though inmates can reduce their sentence by up to 15 percent through good behavior credits. Huguely will also get credit for time served; he has been behind bars since his 2010 arrest.

If he were convicted of first-degree or felony murder, Huguely could have been sentenced to life in prison.

At the sentencing hearing, Charlottesville Circuit Court Judge Edward Hogshire heard character testimony from Huguely's relatives and acquaintances, according to news reports. Prosecutors brought former classmates and friends of Huguely and Love to testify about Huguely's relationships and history of violence.

In a sentencing memorandum filed Wednesday and obtained by the Washington Post, Huguely's relatives asked Hogshire for leniency. Some of his relatives were expected to testify Thursday.

Love's mother Sharon and sister Lexie submitted victim impact statements, according to news reports.

Huguely himself tearfully addresed the court and Love's relatives. ABC2's Christian Schaffer Tweets that Huguely told Sharon and Lexie Love: "I am so sorry for your loss. I hope and pray that you might find peace."

The February trial included testimony from , first responders and , who described a troubled, alcohol-fueled romance marked by fights that ended in the early morning hours of May 3, 2010, when Huguely burst into Love's apartment and the two got into a fight, shortly after Huguely learned of infidelities by Love. A roommate found her half-naked in a pool of blood, and resuscitation efforts failed.

Earlier this month, Hogshire denied Huguely's lawyers' .

Earlier this year, Sharon and Lexie Love filed civil suits against both Huguely and university administrators.

At Notre Dame Prep, Yeardley Love's Towson alma mater, school officials are in her honor.

Harry Callahan August 30, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Too bad it wasn't 123 years. Let's all hope that he becomes Big Bubba's girlfriend.
Don Platt August 30, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Should have been 1st degree
Kathy Hoatson August 30, 2012 at 09:33 PM
He should have gotten life with no posibility of parole. The way that he beat poor Yardley and left her to die in her own blood was barberic. As for his mother writing the judge to spare her beautiful boy from the 26 year sentence, oh please. Did he spare Yardley her life. His mentality of if I can't have her nobody else can, is typical obuser. He should never be let out in society again. Bubba you have a new playmate.
Heather Osrien August 30, 2012 at 10:02 PM
I'm sure he will get some beatings where he is going. He's a real pretty boy!
PMM49 August 31, 2012 at 02:31 AM
It s not enough.
John L. August 31, 2012 at 12:28 PM
He earned every bit of his sentence - actually should have been convicted of a more serious charge. Spoiled rich kid will learn nothing from this. :(
Harry Callahan August 31, 2012 at 01:24 PM
If he is sent to the RIGHT prison he will learn plenty of things. Here are a few examples: 1. If you drop the soap in the shower, don't bend over to pick it up. 2. Never look straight into the eyes of ANYONE. THey take that as a threat to fight. 3. Even if you can beat up this guy, you won't be able to beat up his friends all at one time. I could go on here, but believe me, he is going to learn some valuable lessons about life over the next few years. Here's hoping that the various parole boards he will face will have no sympathy for nor mercy towards him. May he rot in hell.
Steve August 31, 2012 at 01:28 PM
You watch too much TV. Never going to happen. His family has a lot of $$$. He will be in his own private room eating pizza and playing video games.

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