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George Huguely Sentence: Odds favor 26 years for ex-UVA lacrosse player

George Huguely and Yeardley Love (UVA Media Relations)
George Huguely and Yeardley Love (UVA Media Relations) UVA Media Relations

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - When former University of Virginia lacrosse player George Huguely V is sentenced for the slaying of his ex-girlfriend, the odds are a judge will heed a jury's recommended 26-year sentence and Huguely will serve his time in a state prison without the prospect of parole.

The 24-year-old defendant, however, could hasten his release if he is a model inmate. 

Huguely will appear Thursday before Charlottesville Circuit Judge Edward Hogshire to be sentenced for second-degree murder in the beating death of Yeardley Love in May 2010. The suburban Baltimore woman was a member of U.Va. women's lacrosse team.

Jurors who convicted the Chevy Chase, Md., man in February recommended the 26-year sentence. Legal experts say it is rare in Virginia for judges to stray from a jury's recommendations.

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