A jury had found Huguely guilty in February 2012 of grand
larceny and the second-degree murder of Yeardley Love, 22, who
was found beaten to death shortly before she was due to
In August 2012 he was sentenced to 23 years in prison.
Prosecutors said Love, from Cockeysville, Maryland, died of
blunt-force trauma after Huguely forced his way into her
apartment bedroom as she slept and slammed her head against a
wall in a drunken rage.
The case drew national media attention to the quiet college town
of Charlottesville, Va., some 117 miles southwest of
Huguely, from Chevy Chase, Md., was arrested after Love's
body was found on May 3, 2010. The charges against him had
included first-degree murder.
The pair had once played on the university's nationally ranked
men's and women's lacrosse teams.
Over the course of the trial, defense attorneys argued that
Huguely's judgment on the night of Love's death was clouded by
severe alcohol abuse, and that prosecutors had failed to prove
Huguely intended to kill Love. Instead, they suggested she
suffocated in her bloody pillow.
Huguely, who did not testify during his trial, told police he
may have shaken Love "a little bit" but said she hit her own
head against the wall.
(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson; editing by Scott Malone and
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