CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A jury convicted a former University of Virginia lacrosse player Wednesday of the second-degree murder of his ex-girlfriend in a drunken, jealous rage, rejecting a first-degree murder verdict and a possible life sentence.
Instead, jurors recommended a 25-year prison term for George Huguely V, 24, of Chevy Chase, Md., in the May 2010 slaying of Yeardley Love. They added one more year for a grand larceny conviction.
Circuit Judge Edward Hogshire set an April court date on sentencing matters before a formal sentencing, expected in summer. He is not bound by the jury's recommendations, but Virginia judges typically heed jurors' wishes.
Jurors deliberated about nine hours before returning their verdict. Huguely appeared stoic as the verdict was read. Some sobs could be heard in the court.
Prosecutors said Huguely killed the U. Va. women's lacrosse player after a day of golf and binge drinking, incensed that she had had a relationship with a North Carolina lacrosse player.
A coroner concluded she died of blunt force trauma.
Huguely's lawyers said he only went to Love's apartment to talk and the encounter quickly turned physical. They said she banged her head on a bedroom wall and had only a bloody nose when he left.