Former U-Va. lacrosse player George Huguely was sentenced to 23 years in prison yesterday, three years less than the jury in the case recommended when it convicted the 24-year-old of second degree murder last February in the murder of Cockeysville resident Yeardley Love, also a U-Va. lacrosse player.

Lawyers for Huguely urged Judge Edward Hogshire to decrease the sentence to 14 years.  Before the hearing, over a dozen letters of support were sent to the judge to plead for leniency.  At the hearing today, three people testified to violent acts by Huguely, which the judge cited when announcing the sentence, the Washington Post reports.

Before hearing his sentence, Huguely, who appeared in a striped gray prison jumper and with longer hair,  said to the Love family,  “I am sorry for your loss. I hope and pray you find peace.” He also thanked his family members for their support.

The Love family had no comment.

On Sept. 9, a field at Notre Dame Prep in Towson, Yeardley’s Love’s alma mater, will be dedicated in honor of the former lacrosse star.

Next month, Lexie Love, the elder sister of the victim, will marry.

“The maid of honor will be missing,” attorney Warner “Dave” Chapman told the judge, quoting a survivor’s impact statement by Lexie, the Baltimore Sun reports.

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Susan Dunn

Susan Gerardo Dunn is the founding editor and publisher of Baltimore Fishbowl.