Former U.Va. Athlete Gets 23 Years for Slaying Ex

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- A former University of Virginia lacrosse player has been sentenced to 23 years in prison for the alcohol-fueled beating death of his ex-girlfriend.

George W. Huguely V was sentenced Thursday in Charlottesville for the slaying of Yeardley Love, a 22-year-old suburban Baltimore woman who was found face down in her blood-soaked pillow on May 3, 2010. Authorities said the 24-year-old defendant left his on-again, off-again girlfriend to die after he kicked a hole in her bedroom door and physically confronted her about their sputtering two-year relationship. Police said he had been drinking heavily that day.

Circuit Judge Edward Hogshire reduced the jury's recommended sentence by three years. The jury found the Chevy Chase, Md., man guilty in February of second-degree murder and grand larceny. The defense sought a 14-year sentence.

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Judge sentences Huguely to 23 years.
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A Roman Catholic priest has testified that a former University of Virginia lacrosse player convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend is a spiritual person who displayed no anger or aggression in his presence.

The Rev. Joseph Scordo testified Thursday in Charlottesville at George W. Huguely V's sentencing hearing. The Chevy Chase, Md., man faces 26 years in prison for the beating death of Yeardley Love of suburban Baltimore.

Scordo said he has visited Huguely weekly in jail since the May 2010 slaying of Love. He said the "wild, out-of-control" person that Huguely has been portrayed as is not the man he knows.

Earlier, prosecution witnesses described Huguely beating a man who went home with Love after a party. A woman also testified he angrily put his hands around her neck.
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Witnesses at a sentencing hearing for a former University of Virginia lacrosse player are testifying about violent encounters in the years and months before he fatally beat his girlfriend.

One witness said Thursday that George W. Huguely V beat him after he went home from a party with Yeardley Love, while another said an angry Huguely put his hands around her neck in a bar.

Huguely faces up to 26 years in prison for the May 2010 slaying of Love.

The Chevy Chase, Md., man was convicted in February of second-degree murder in the beating death of the suburban Baltimore woman.

The defense has yet to present witnesses.


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