A former University of Virginia lacrosse player was today found guilty of killing his girlfriend in a drunken argument.
George Huguely V was acquitted of first-degree murder, but found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Yeardley Love.
The jury recommended that the 24-year-old be sentenced to 26 years in prison, but he will not be formally sentenced until April.
Huguely is believed to have killed Ms Love in a jealous rage fuelled by her relationship with a North Carolina lacrosse player.
The verdict came after nine hours of deliberation, and while it fell short of the most serious charge it was nonetheless more serious than the manslaughter charge which some analysts predicted would be the eventual verdict.
Huguely, of Chevy Chase, Maryland, did not visibly react to the verdict, and there was no overt sign of emotion in the courtroom, which included families of the victim and the defendant. Read More