The jury in the George Huguely trial in the murder of Yeardley Love returned a verdict of second-degree murder Wednesday night and recommended a sentence of 26 years in prison. Final sentencing will take place April 16.
Love’s mother, Sharon, and sister, Lexie, linked arms as the verdict was read. The tragedy captured Baltimore and the nation. The victim, a 22-year old UVA lacrosse player, was a Cockeysville native and Notre Dame Prep grad. Huguely was her on-again, off-again boyfriend who was a Chevy Chase native and a UVA lacrosse player.
“In the small courtroom where relatives of Huguely and Love have sat across from one another for most of the month, there has been an overwhelming sense of lost promise and squandered privilege,” reports the Washington Post.
The Baltimore Sun reports that after the sentencing the Love family issued a statement:
“We dread looking back on the events of May 3, 2010 and pray for the strength to get through each day. Time has not made us miss Yeardley any less, in fact quite the opposite. It is truly devastating to wake up each day and realize that she is no longer here. Yeardley’s contagious smile, kind spirit and gentle touch have left this world but we know that heaven has an angel like not other. We will continue to keep her spirit alive by performing works of kindness in her name. We would like to thank the Commonwealth and particularly Dave Chapman for his tireless efforts on our behalf.”