George Huguely, 24, was sentenced to 23 years in prison on Thursday for brutally murdering his ex-girlfriend, Yeardley Love.
Love was found bruised, bloodied and battered on May 3, 2010 after Huguely, a towering ex-Virginia lacrosse player, physically assaulted her in an alcohol-fueled rampage.
Obviously nobody was ever able to get Love’s take on what transpired but, based on what authorities could piece together, the argument that ultimately led her death was apparently about the deteriorating status of the on-again, off-again relationship she had with Huguely.
After a jury found Huguely guilty of second-degree murder and grand larceny, the judge overseeing sentencing, Edward Hogshire, decided to reduce the jury recommended 26-year sentence by a full three years.
The defense had been seeking a 14-year sentence.
"We would like to thank everyone who worked so tirelessly on Yeardley's behalf," Love's family said in a statement after the sentence was announced (via USA Today).
"We find no joy in others' sorry. We plan to work diligently through the One Love Foundation to try and prevent this from happening to another family."
(Kudos USA Today)