October 15, 2012
According to the Virginia Department of Corrections, George Huguely is now at Keen Mountain Correctional Center in Buchanan County.
This is the second move for Huguely. In September, the convicted murderer was transferred from the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail to the Powhatan Reception and Classification Center. That facility is often the first stop for convicted felons so they can be processed into the state Department of Corrections.
Keen Mountain Correctional Center is listed as a level four security prison for inmates with multiple-year and life sentences. It opened in 1990 and has an average population of 879 inmates.
September 25, 2012
According to the Virginia Department of Corrections, George Huguely has been transferred from the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail to the Powhatan Reception and Classification Center in Powhatan County. That facility is often the first stop for convicted felons so they can be processed into the state Department of Corrections.
Meanwhile, Huguely's attorneys have formally filed an appeal with Virginia's Court of Appeals for the former University of Virginia lacrosse player's conviction of second degree murder and larceny.
Under Virginia law, a defendant has 30 days from the date of sentencing to appeal a conviction.
Now that the circuit court has received notice, the clerk of court will prepare the record of the trial and forward it to the appellate court. This process can take up to two months.
Once the Court of Appeals receives the record, Huguely's defense has 40 days to file file a written "petition for appeal" there, explaining why they think the Court should hear his appeal.
August 30, 2012
A judge has formally sentenced George Huguely to 23 years in prison.
After closing arguments, Huguely addressed the court saying: "Mrs. Love and Lexie, I am so sorry for your loss. I hope and pray you may find peace."
Judge Hogshire reduced sentence slightly from the 26 years that the jury recommended. He was sentenced to 23 years on the second-degree murder charge, and one year for larceny served concurrently. He will also have to serve three years of supervised release.
"This gentleman can put his mind to it and accomplish many good things in the prison system and come out of it a much better person," commonwealth's attorney Dave Chapman said.
Defense attorneys Rhonda Quagliana and Fran Lawrence expressed their disappointment in the judge's sentence.
"We think that George was convicted of a crime inconsistent with the facts, and he received a penalty inconsistent with what the evidence would require," Quagliana said.
Once the sentence is formal, the defense team can move forward with an appeal.
"He remains hopeful that a thorough review of the case will lead to the outcome, the just outcome, that he has sought from the beginning," Quagliana said.
While Chapman said he's pleased with the judge's ruling, he says nothing can provide closure for Yeardley Love.
"All I see is loss. It'll be that way forever," Chapman said, choking up. "It's such a rough approximation. We just wish that it didn't happen."
The Love family did not speak to the assembled media following Thursday's court hearing only releasing the following statement:
"We would like to thank everyone who worked so tirelessly on Yeardley's behalf. In particular, we would like to thank Dave Chapman for his dedication and compassion. Don't know how we would have gotten through the past two years without him.
We find no joy in others' sorrow. We plan to work diligently through the One Love Foundation to try and prevent this from happening to another family.
We are relieved to put this chapter behind us. Again, we would like to thank everyone for showing us such kindness during the most difficult time of our lives.
Sharon and Lexie Love"
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