Lacrosse player George Huguely was found guilty of second degree murder in the killing of his ex-girlfriend, UVA student Yeardley Love by bashing her head against the wall in her apartment.
When the verdict was read, Huguely bowed his head while he sat between his attorneys. Huguely stated he had had more than a dozen drinks the night Yeardley died and the jury ruled the murder wasn’t premeditated, finding him guilty in the second degree.
The jury in a Charlottesville court recommended a sentence of 26 years in prison for the murder and grand larceny. During sentencing, the judge may recommend a longer sentence.
Huguley was also found guilty of stealing Love’s laptop in an attempt to cover up what had happened.
He had a reputation for being a drunk on campus and was drinking heavily the week of the murder as part of a team drinking binge on the UVA lacrosse team meant to promote teamwork.
He killed Yeardley love just two weeks before they were to graduate college.