A former University of Virginia lacrosse player has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend in 2010 and is expected to pay $ 15 million in fines for felony criminal mischief, a judge found Monday.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A former University of Virginia lacrosse player has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend in 2010 and is liable to pay $ 15 million for damaging a felony criminal mischief, a judge was found Monday.
George Huguely V is serving a 23-year prison sentence for the murder of Yeardley Love after he was found guilty of second murder in the 2012 case. Huguely and Love both played lacrosse at UVA and had a two-year relationship, again, before Yeardley was found beaten to death. his classroom on May 3, 2010.
The lawsuit brought Huguely on trial for Love’s death and ordered judges to pay $ 29.5 million in compensation, plus $ 1 million in damages.
On Monday, Jury Year donated $ 7.5 million in payments to Boddley’s mother, Sharon Love, and her sister, Lexi Love Hodges. Punishment damage was not provided.
Both women shed tears as the verdict of the judges was read out Monday night in the Charlottesville Supreme Court after a nearly two-hour hearing. The sentence came nearly 12 years until the day Yeardley Love was found dead in her apartment just outside the school.
“That was a big problem,” said Paul Bekman, the couple’s lawyer.
He said: “These things have happened, and they lived until the trial, and now they have to hear the ordinary case. “It’s a little closing that means a lot to them.”
Bekman said the judges were asked to answer a question about whether Huguely had committed the offense “intentionally and deliberately” and whether his actions were “knowingly infringed” on the rights of Love. The judges answered with a resounding “yes,” which means he could be punished, but he did not.
But Bekman said the acquisition of intentional and deliberate wrongdoing meant that Huguely would not be able to pay the $ 15 million fine that the court had waived if he said he had no money to pay the verdict.
At the time of the trial, Huguely’s lawyer, Matthew Green, admitted that Huguely’s actions had led to Yeardley’s death and that his family had a right to compensation.
But Green said Huguely had been drinking heavily for more than 24 hours before meeting Love in her home, did not want to kill her and did not know she was dead until police informed her of her interrogation the next morning. Green argued that Huguely’s actions had not reached the “deliberate and deliberate” level required by the court to order the execution of Virginia law.
“We think the outcome of the court’s decision to grant a security request not to impose sanctions indicates that George was prosecuted ten years ago and that justice was served at that time and no further punishment was appropriate,” Green said after the ruling.
Love, from Cockeysville, Maryland, and Huguely, from Chevy Chase, Maryland, were all 22-year-old UVA executives who were nearing graduation.
Lawyers for Love told the judges that Huguely and Love had a strong relationship that was shattered by Huguely’s heavy drinking. He further alleged that Huguely broke open the door to Love’s bedroom, beat her, and left her alone in the house without going to the hospital. A paramedic was pronounced dead at the scene.
Huguely testified that he did not remember going into his room and leaving him badly injured. He also said he drank heavily and compared his recollection to the night Love was killed by a photo show when 98% of the photos were removed.
Mr Bekman said the judges’ decision sent a message that drunkenness does not justify violent behavior. “You think you get a free ticket – you don’t get it,” he said. “There is a response, and the response took place today in Charlottesville.”
Toward the end of his testimony, Huguely turned to Love’s mother and sister and apologized for killing her.
I miss him and think of him every day. I would do anything to come back that night, ”he said. “I’m responsible for what happened to him and I wouldn’t have had to go to his house that night.”
Sharon Love initially pleaded guilty to manslaughter in 2012, but was deliberately denied several years after court decisions confirmed Huguely was not entitled to $ 6 million in homeowner’s insurance.
A new lawsuit filed in 2018 dropped negligent claims, but added that Huguely’s beating and beating was the cause of Love’s death.
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