Odds Favor 26 Years for Ex-U.Va. LAX Player

Monday, Aug 27, 2012  |  Updated 6:59 AM EDT
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Odds Favor 26 Years for Ex-U.Va. LAX Player

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When former University of Virginia lacrosse player George Huguely V is sentenced for the slaying of his ex-girlfriend, the odds are a judge will heed a jury's recommended 26-year sentence and Huguely will serve his time in a state prison without the prospect of parole.

The 24-year-old defendant, however, could hasten his release if he is a model inmate.

Huguely will appear Thursday before Charlottesville Circuit Judge Edward Hogshire to be sentenced for second-degree murder in the beating death of Yeardley Love in May 2010. The suburban Baltimore woman was a member of U.Va. women's lacrosse team.

Jurors who convicted the Chevy Chase, Md., man in February recommended the 26-year sentence. Legal experts say it is rare in Virginia for judges to stray from a jury's recommendations.

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