The sentencing comes as the culmination of a long case that began on May 3, 2010 after Love's body was found her apartment. In a taped interview with the police, Huguely had all but admitted he committed the murder, but his defense team still asked for a fairly lenient 14 years in jail.
Today's sentencing is more than that, thankfully, but still lower than the 26 years recommended by the jury in February. According to the Washington Post, Virginia law dictates that a judge can reduce a recommended sentence, not raise it.
Love was a native of the Baltimore suburb Cockeysville, and a senior varsity lacrosse player at the time of her passing. Her high school alma mater, Notre Dame Prep in Towson, Maryland, will dedicate a new lacrosse field in her name on Sept. 9.
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