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Posted at 9:16 AM ET, 12/13/2010

Plea deal likely in Huguely case: Report

By Steve Yanda

There is a "growing consensus" that the murder charges against George Huguely V, the former Virginia men's lacrosse player charged with killing Yeardley Love, his former girlfriend and a member of the school's women's lacrosse team, will be settled in a plea agreement prior to trial, according to reports.

Prosecutors do not plan to seek the death penalty against Huguely, 23, who is charged with killing Love, at her off-campus Charlottesville apartment in May, according to a report in The Washington Examiner.

George Huguely V
Huguely. (File Photo)

The Examiner's report cited Charlottesville police spokesman Gary Pleasants and other unnamed sources. Huguely's next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 21.

Huguely has been charged with first-degree murder, the penalty for which can range from 20 years to life in prison.

"Capital murder is not even a consideration right now," Pleasants said, according to the Examiner.

Huguely has admitted to police that he fought with Love, 22, at her apartment May 3, shaking her as her head repeatedly slammed against a wall. He also told police he stole Love's computer and later tossed it in a nearby dumpster. Police arrested Huguely hours after the confrontation.

Yeardley Love
Love. (File Photo)
Huguely and Love had a contentious, on-again, off-again relationship that included several instances of Huguely physically accosting Love. In the days leading up to Love's death, the two had exchanged several e-mails, according to search warrant returns, some of which contained threats made by Huguely to Love. Court documents released last week state that police intend to search Huguely's cell phone for e-mails and text messages that may have been sent to Love in the days leading up to her death. Huguely has remained in a single-inmate cell at the Albermarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail for the past seven months. He likely will remain in such a living environment at least until his January court hearing.

By Steve Yanda  | December 13, 2010; 9:16 AM ET
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What a sad case...if this ends up as a plea deal I sincerely hope he faces significant jail time with no chance at parole for a minimum of 15-20 yrs.
From the sounds of things it escalated over a period of time resulting in her death.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | December 13, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Huguley is a monster. Of course his family's money will buy him out of the death penalty. I hope he never gets out of prison.

Posted by: 10bestfan | December 13, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Glad the scumbag defense lawyers continued their lying ways to get this guy less of sentence than he deserves. As mentioned earlier, money fixes a lot of things.

Posted by: password11 | December 13, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Why are they not seeking the death penalty? He broke into her home and killed her. Home invasions that lead to death deserve the death penalty.

Posted by: TG10 | December 13, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

White boy, no death penalty, what a shock.

Posted by: DC2Amsterdam | December 13, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Expect a slap on the wrist. Money talks.

Posted by: llrllr | December 13, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

My guess: second degree murder - 20 years.

Posted by: atkissonjim | December 13, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Sadly, there are different penalties for the rich and the poor in this country. But i doubt there will be any outcry from the conservatives on this one. Now if Mr. Hugely had a last name of Hernandez I think the comments on this story would be a lot different and far more vile and vicious.

Posted by: dlpetersdc | December 13, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

If an African American kid killed a beautiful white girl in Virginia, even in less aggravated circumstances, they would never never take the death penalty off the table.

Posted by: fmjk | December 13, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

All these posts about money, etc. underscore why money doesn't talk here. These prosecutors are under a microscope--they won't cut deals also the evidence supports it and the victim's family supports it. As for death penalty being off the table, the prosecutors have obviously concluded that it was not murder one. Presumably they are concluding it was a crime of passion--unplanned. The breaking in is an interesting twist, however. If he broke in and committed the murder he might still be eligible for murder one-capital punishment. There must be some dispute about whether he broke in.

In the end why do folks think life in prison to think everyday about how he killed this girl is such a great thing?! Seems worse than the death penalty to me.

Posted by: lovinliberty | December 13, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Money doesn't talk? Just imagine if the defendent were poor and minority. What kind of deal would be made there?

Posted by: wd1214 | December 13, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

If the chick was lit you must aquit. This guy was set up, just like me.

Signed,

Orenthal

sent from blackbery at the Neveda State Correctional Facility

Posted by: Italiaxxx | December 13, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

I agree dpetersdc. People come out of the woodworks when a minority commits a crime. It's a tactic used to justify racist behaviors and attitudes towards people of color. Many still want to believe that Black and Hispanic people are second class citizens. The difference is, this white kid had it all and he still turned out to be a monster. I dont think it's so much about money, he's still in the preferred class in America even if his family wasn't rich.

Posted by: metcapventures | December 13, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

This creep took the young lady's life. She now has no chance to enjoy life, and her senseless death will be with her family forever. He should be given life without parole. He doesn't deserve any leniency, nor freedom.

Posted by: jckdoors | December 13, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Outrageous. This is a terrible miscarriage of justice if Hugyeley is allowed to plea bargain his way out of this case. It just goes to show the impact of money on justice, since his family is very wealthy. So he ends up now with 5 years in prison, and parole in two? Wow, what an outrage. It should go to trial and he should face the death penalty.

Posted by: edwardallen54 | December 13, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

I call it how I see it... this guy deserves the death penalty.... Money is trying to talk and if there is a plea, the prosecution should be held accountable for letting it "slide".... leading up to this event, he has shown physical harm tendencies and a pattern of violence. I agree that if this goes to plea, it will be a case of money talks!

Posted by: rvanags | December 13, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

I call it how I see it... this guy deserves the death penalty.... Money is trying to talk and if there is a plea, the prosecution should be held accountable for letting it "slide".... leading up to this event, he has shown physical harm tendencies and a pattern of violence. I agree that if this goes to plea, it will be a case of money talks!

Posted by: rvanags | December 13, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

What a monster! She looks like their relationship was very tough on her. 22 year olds typically do not have the wrinkles of a 40-50 year old. He should get the death penalty and if not, people should riot.

Posted by: CalmTruth | December 13, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

If the chick was lit you must aquit. This guy was set up, just like me.

Signed,

Orenthal

sent from blackbery at the Neveda State Correctional Facility

Posted by: Italiaxxx | December 13, 2010 10:28 AM |

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LMFAO... Italiaxxx, this is probably the only funny thing that can be said about this case...

i LOVE it!

Posted by: potomacfever00 | December 13, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

If they let him plea, they should let him serve his time in a predominantly black prison institution. Like the one where Willie Horton resides.

Remember Willie Horton. The inmate that George H.W. Bush made famous.

Posted by: Special_One40 | December 13, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Way down south in the land of cotton...

Posted by: whocares666 | December 13, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

. . . and many white folks refuse to believe that there is a double standard when it comes to issues of crime and race and that society is "color blind". Puh-lease!! Save that B.S. for Rush Limbaugh!

Posted by: TheChampishere | December 13, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

All of you folks calling for the death penalty in this case have to admit that it is mainly reserved for minorities.

The best way to reform the judicial system is to get rid of the death penalty.

If incarceration is too costly then we should just stop jailing people (again mostly minorities) for victimless crimes.

The U.S. has the highest level of incarceration in the world. We are not any safer for it and we cannot afford it any longer.

Posted by: rs12 | December 13, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Fry his ass ... just like any other murderer. He should not be treated any differently just because he's a white male whose parents are wealthy!

Posted by: Viennacommuter1 | December 13, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

All of you people calling for the death penalty should know that in VA, the death penalty doesn't apply for someone that only murdered one person. It would only apply if the person had murdered several people, or something like that.

THAT's why the death penalty isn't a possibility here. It has nothing to do with money, skin color, or anything else.

Posted by: rjm1 | December 13, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

All the commenters here complaining about bias against black defendants....where were you when all of the killers of Brian Betts received plea deals? None of them will be executed, although they clearly went to his home to commit a robbery than ended in murder.

But Brian Betts was gay, so no big deal. The thugs will all be out in 5-10 years, if that, with good behavior.

Posted by: B-rod | December 13, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

All of you folks calling for the death penalty in this case have to admit that it is mainly reserved for minorities.

The best way to reform the judicial system is to get rid of the death penalty.

If incarceration is too costly then we should just stop jailing people (again mostly minorities) for victimless crimes.

The U.S. has the highest level of incarceration in the world. We are not any safer for it and we cannot afford it any longer.

Posted by: rs12 | December 13, 2010 10:55 AM |

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You're crazy!

As Charles Barkley says, we should have a death penalty week. Even if the penalty is racist, and it is (I did a thesis paper in law school on the subject), some people still deserve the ultimate penalty.

Clearly, however, if the victim is white, and the suspect isn't, the chance for the death penatly is greatly increased!

Posted by: TheChampishere | December 13, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Not true. Home invasions do not necessarily constitute grounds for the death penalty. Before capital punishment is considered, the prosecution will first have to convict Hugley on a first-degree murder charge. They would have to prove that Hugley formulated the thought in his mind that he wanted to kill the young lady, which will be a challenging task in itself. And then on top of that, during the sentencing phase of the trail they would have to prove that Hugley shows no remorse for what he did.

Because this kid is rich, and his family can afford the biggest high-profile defense attorneys in this country, at best I believe that this kid will be convicted of voluntary manslaughter.
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"Why are they not seeking the death penalty? He broke into her home and killed her. Home invasions that lead to death deserve the death penalty."

Posted by: lwilliamson1 | December 13, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

10 yrs. sounds appropriate. There are no winners in this case, and what really would be accomplished if he were given life or death penalty.

Posted by: cr10 | December 13, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Just another reason to abolish the death penalty. We cannot apply it fairly and, equally important, too many in society understandably do not believe we apply it fairly across racial and economic lines.

That said, a plea bargain does not necessarily represent capitulation by the prosecutors. Until we know what the terms are, it is impossible to have an opinion.

It is also worth pointing out that the threat of the death penalty has often allowed prosecutors to get plea deals far harsher than would be the case without it. The threat of being executed has more than once led innocent people, or arguably guilty people with legitimate defenses (legal challenges to search and seizure, for example) to abandon those defenses in favor of a prison sentence that at least allows them to live. In fact, this use of the threat of death to coerce guilty pleas is yet another reason the death penalty should be abolished.

Posted by: Meridian1 | December 13, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

The prosecution cannot prove intent. That is why they are not seeking the death penalty.
She had kicked him to the curb and he could not deal with that rejection. His lawyers will claim he went to her apartment to try and reconcile, she refused, it escalated and became a crime of passion.
It is a high profile case, beautiful young woman dead at the hands of little more than a rich bully who did not get what he wanted.
Sincerely hope taht the prosecution is seeking 1st degree murder pr second degree at the least. If they agree to manslaughter, they have sold out.
They cannot prove capital murder but hope for her memory they get at least 1st degree.
He is such a tough guy he may be able to find out just how tough he is in the general population of a prison. Hope so!

Posted by: NobleDog | December 13, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

I doubt it was murder one hence no death penalty. Still I'll bet he gets 20-life with a chance of parole after 20 years. But lets not fuss until we see what he gets.

Posted by: FLvet | December 13, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

American justice - the best that money can buy!

Posted by: steve_k2 | December 13, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Why is a plea deal even being considered by prosecutors? Are they worried the evidence is somehow flimsy? This guy deserves the death penalty, abusive 'lovers' are almost as low as child molesters. Talk about a betrayal of trust....

Posted by: jax75420 | December 13, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

American justice - the best that money can buy!

Posted by: steve_k2 | December 13, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

I live in C-ville and this is shocking news. Why is the death penalty off the table? He made threats and carried them out. Are prosecutors so lazy they just want to clear the docket? This case may establish new laws in VA on restraining orders--but they are going to bargain? Unless the bargain is "life without parole" it is unacceptable and there will be some noise in Charlottesville about it.

Posted by: Beckola | December 13, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Like many lovers, especially females, Love held hope that she and time would cure Huguely of his bad manners. That's why she didn't peremptorily break it off with her lover-boy.

Left the door open, so to speak. This type of relationship is timeless.

Posted by: slipuvalad | December 13, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

I wouldn't lose any sleep if the guy got the death penalty. But, everybody claiming race and/or money was the guiding principle here are doing so because it is the easiest explanation. Not that racism and money doesn't exist in the judicial system, but it's a cop out to explain every single injustice in the world.

There was no way this would be a capital punishment case. I'd say if the guy gets less than 30 years you could argue the race/money issue. Maybe everybody should just wait and see what the sentence is first.

Posted by: BigBubba1 | December 13, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

This guy will have a hard time surviving prison whatever time he's given. Rich violent felons who beat and kill women are not looked upon kindly by even the hardest criminals. Add to that nothing in his previous life will prepare him for what he'll face there either. Death penalty probably isn't necessary here.

Posted by: nvamikeyo | December 13, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

what a handsome, cleancut, nordic looking, upper middle class-sports playing young man. even with his photogenic mug shot showing flawless skin and fashionably unkempt blond locks falling into his light colored eyes, he still looks like he could be on the cover of "gq" magazine. i bet he never had teen pimples or burped as a child.

such a pretty, scrubbed nordic looking, upper middle class-sports playing young lady. with beauty pageant looks and blond hair, she could have been on the cover of teen magazine. her coloring and fair skin meant she would have been a wonderful, affluent mother twinkling out more beautiful, nordic babies without a twitch of a birth pain or even an unsightly stretch mark.

so when these type of people kill, usually the male, he is given gratis by having his own jail cell so that he can remain a "jail cell virgin" and still be able to produce babies with another nordic woman of means who will tell her "jailhouse rock" story of falling in love with a rock jock and make a remake of the elvis movie with the same name. they will make even more money than before and people will forgive him for taking the life of another well-connected nordic female.

so who gets trumped in this tragic pair of equals? who loses out? of course, the female who will probably be broadly described as a nagging, possessive, jealous type who could not get over her boyfriend. they will find some imperfection to make that bright smile just a little bit dimmer.

remember, here we have a nordic young man born to successful parents who will probably not spend more than five years in prison. he will be charged will involuntary manslaughter ("she made me kill her!") or less and will eltimately assume his position in society. no one will speak of this unfortunate event and all will be right with the world. and undernearth his alleged remorse, you can barely hear him whisper..."whew, almost..."

Posted by: glenknowles | December 13, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

are others awaiting trial for violent crimes in albemarle county kept out of the general population or just wealthy white ones? do mom and dad get him special food and his own computer and cell phone too? the only good thing about a plea is that it will save the county taxpayers some money and the state will be paying for his long term incarceration.

Posted by: george32 | December 13, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

I think that there are a lot of uneducated (at least when it come to the law) people posting replies. The death penalty has nothing to do with race or wealth. For that matter, neither does whether the prosecution seeks a 1st, 2nd or manslaughter conviction / plea. It's all based on what they can prove. What you have read in this paper or on other web pages is not the whole story. Before you jump to conclusions that this is driven by money and race take a look at all the "facts". He is not denying that he killed her, however, if he did not go to her house with the "intent" to kill her then it's almost impossible to obtain a 1st degree murder conviction and a death sentence. Also just breaking into the house does not qualify as an aggrevating factor towards the death sentence. Had he raped or tortured her then killed her you would have the aggrevating piece needed. The prosecutors must then look at can we win a murder 2 conviction or should we get a plea for manslaughter. It's more complicated than black and white or rich and poor.

Posted by: dcsru97 | December 13, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

So tired of hearing all these claims of racism. That card is just getting SO OLD! People that constantly use the race card are the REAL racists. Always stirring the pot. It is the only way that some black "leaders" can stay relevant.

Posted by: Snowdog | December 13, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Let's all calm down.

Of course they're going to plead - no one wants the time and expense of a trial (or the circus), and there's no point in a trial: the guy did it and admitted it.

And those of you who are so upset that he's not getting the death penalty clearly don't understand the way the death penalty is used in this country. We don't put someone to death for every murder. He didn't tie her up and torture her, he didn't kill her entire family, he didn't even spend weeks planning this (clearly). This is not a death penalty case.

Posted by: anonymice | December 13, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

I thought I read somewhere that the victim's family is against the death penalty and therefore will not be be playing politics just because their daughter was the victim. How refreshing for once. All the wanabee Wilbons around here are throwing the race card around without knowing the details...what a surprise.

Posted by: sjp879 | December 13, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Doesn't matter how much time he gets because in one year he will be somebody's ho and will be wearing lipstick and a skirt. Then he will be sold to other inmates for nights of fun by his new pimp daddy. So I'm sure whatever time he gets will seem like one big piece of meat up his bunky! and in a perfect world , he will be getting his head banged against the wall like he did to that girl .

Posted by: klangley69 | December 13, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Let him be somebody's girlfriend for 30 years. Works for me.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | December 13, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

are others awaiting trial for violent crimes in albemarle county kept out of the general population or just wealthy white ones? do mom and dad get him special food and his own computer and cell phone too? the only good thing about a plea is that it will save the county taxpayers some money and the state will be paying for his long term incarceration.

Posted by: george32 | December 13, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

are others awaiting trial for violent crimes in albemarle county kept out of the general population or just wealthy white ones? do mom and dad get him special food and his own computer and cell phone too? the only good thing about a plea is that it will save the county taxpayers some money and the state will be paying for his long term incarceration.

Posted by: george32 | December 13, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Alex, I'll take "Prison Lacrosse Players" for $1000.

The answer is...an Audio Daily Double! (applause)

I'll wager...$2000.

For $2000, in "Prison Lacrosee Players,"...

"NO, NOT THAT! HELP, MOM, DAD, GET ME OUT OF HERE!!! GET OFF ME!!!"

What is George Huguely discovering uses of a lacrosse stick his coaches never dreamed of?

Correct! (applause)

Posted by: hofbrauhausde | December 13, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Daniel Corridean and his little butt-buddy Ryan Massey got off with ten years and 5 years time off for GB for the murder of a 16 year old. He's now the Maryland State deadlifting champ thanks to a weightlifting program the taxpayers provided via the correctional system

Posted by: skinswitabullet | December 13, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

A proposed plea deal in this case is such bovine scat! Had Hugeley been an African-American male (forget money), capital murder would have been the charge and Jarretts, Virginia would have been his home until the Commonwealth executed their grisly office on the gurney with the three-drug cocktail in his veins. This is nothing short of an outrageous miscarriage of justice.

Posted by: meldupree | December 13, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Huguely acted in a moment of passion when he was likely intoxicated. Though his actions resulted in Ms. Love's tragic death, there is no evidence that this was a planned murder. Mr. Huguely deserves some prison time, but it would not serve the interests of justice for his life to be ruined with a long-term sentence only to satisfy the public's desire for revenge.

Posted by: stevenway | December 13, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

If they let him plea, they should let him serve his time in a predominantly black prison institution. Like the one where Willie Horton resides.

Remember Willie Horton. The inmate that George H.W. Bush made famous.

Posted by: Special_One40 | December 13, 2010 10:45 AM
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Well, Special_One40 you can have your pick of prison they could send Mr. Huguely, because most of the prison in VA are "predominantly black" anyway. I'm just surprised that I didn't read where you called Mr. Huguely a "thug" or " animal" yet. Can it be that you're starting to have feelings for cold-blooded killers?

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | December 13, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

So much for fairness.

Posted by: 44fx2901 | December 13, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Actually a young white male from a pricey suburb, Justin Wolfe, has received a death penalty.
If anyone wants to know why liberals are so despised as humans, just read some of their comments.

Posted by: scvaughan | December 13, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Nothing will bring Ms. Love back and that is the true tragedy of this case.

However, a cute young man like Mr. Huguely is going to learn many times in prison that payback is a real bitc#, and there is a lot of justice in that.

Posted by: Junkbuyer6969 | December 13, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

One thing for sure (and I find some consolation in this), Mr. Huguely will be passed around like a dutchie among his new homeboys. He'll go from girlfriend killer to "I want my mama" in 3.6 seconds flat!

Posted by: meldupree | December 13, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Huguely acted in a moment of passion when he was likely intoxicated. Though his actions resulted in Ms. Love's tragic death, there is no evidence that this was a planned murder. Mr. Huguely deserves some prison time, but it would not serve the interests of justice for his life to be ruined with a long-term sentence only to satisfy the public's desire for revenge.
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No, justice would be if a doped up inmate broke into his prison cell and shook/ beat him to death and then begged for leniency because he was "high".

Posted by: massmedia77 | December 13, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

This boy's psychological problems were not new, was any of that family's generous income spent on psychiatric treatment? But paying through the nose for lawyers to set up a plea is a given.

Posted by: averagejane3 | December 13, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

You're tired of hearing claims about racism? Well, I'm tired of how people incessantly abuse the term "race card." First, let me say that I admit that they are times when the race card is played (the most famous instance of course was O.J.). But at the same time, they are STILL grievances of racism in American society that are legitimate; not every grievance is a case of racial opportunism. To say that blacks always play the race card, and every grievance they make of racism is illegitimate, would be equivalent to saying that racism no longer exists in American society. True, dramatic progress had been made in America with respect to race relations, and our current president is testament to that. Yet at the same time, a dual standard at times can still exist in regard to race, and capital punishment could still serve as a possible example of this.
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"So tired of hearing all these claims of racism. That card is just getting SO OLD! People that constantly use the race card are the REAL racists. Always stirring the pot. It is the only way that some black 'leaders' can stay relevant."

Posted by: lwilliamson1 | December 13, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

***shaking her as her head repeatedly slammed against a wall.***

what an odd way to phrase that. how about the more accurate: repeatedly slamming her head against the wall.

Posted by: mycomment | December 13, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

C'mon, Virginia likes to execute people just for kicks. If not this guy, then who? He RICHLY deserves it.

Posted by: steve_k2 | December 13, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Hm. If I were that girl's father I'd be spreading around a little cash right now to ensure he gets a very, very *special* cellmate.

If I didn't kill him myself.

Posted by: thermowax | December 13, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Hm. If I were that girl's father I'd be spreading around a little cash right now to ensure he gets a very, very *special* cellmate.

If I didn't kill him myself.

Posted by: thermowax | December 13, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

They are waiting for Huguely at the state prison. I'll bet some big mean con has already claimed him.

Posted by: BTinSF | December 13, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Hm. If I were that girl's father I'd be spreading around a little cash right now to ensure he gets a very, very *special* cellmate.

If I didn't kill him myself.

Posted by: thermowax | December 13, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Curious as to why he's being held in a single inmate cell. $$$?

Posted by: seaduck2001 | December 13, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I am sure that the current inmates at the Virginia Penitentiary are eagerly awaiting Mr Huguely's arrival. If he isn't killed in prison (where inmates who have victimized children and women are despised and targeted), he is likely to be repeatedly raped (they don't get many inmates quite as pretty as this young man). It is unfortunate that our prisons are such jungles, but anyone who feels that he is getting off lightly may be ignoring the reality of what he will face.

Posted by: res2000 | December 13, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

C'mon, Virginia likes to execute people just for kicks. If not this guy, then who? He RICHLY deserves it.

Posted by: steve_k2 | December 13, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Hm. If I were that girl's father I'd be spreading around a little cash right now to ensure he gets a very, very *special* cellmate.

If I didn't kill him myself.

Posted by: thermowax | December 13, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

If he gets less than first degree murder, I will vomit.

Posted by: chunche | December 13, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse


one year in a maximum security prison will break this little punk.

i wish him a nice, large, very violent cellmate to tuck him in at night.

Posted by: potomacfever00 | December 13, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Is the Post really quoting the Examiner? My stomach just got sick.

Posted by: HookedOnThePost | December 13, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: MoCoPride | December 13, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

LANDON PREPATORY SCHOOL: We Groom Tomorrow's Rapists and Murderers...Guaranteed!

Posted by: MoCoPride | December 13, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

I'd say tewnty to 30 years in prison Taking BIG BLACK ones will make him wish he had respected her rights.
Not even considering the death penalty here?
Hmmm, makes you wonder, does it not?

Posted by: Nav_Vet | December 13, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

I'd say tewnty to 30 years in prison Taking BIG BLACK ones will make him wish he had respected her rights.
Not even considering the death penalty here?
Hmmm, makes you wonder, does it not?

Posted by: Nav_Vet | December 13, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Rich boys will get their way

Posted by: mustid | December 13, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Had he been a low income black kid represented by a public defender, he'd be looking at a lethal injection!!!

Can we get a plea bargain to bring back the beautiful gifted young woman.

Posted by: Kcrl1 | December 13, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Had he been a low income black kid represented by a public defender, he'd be looking at a lethal injection!!!

Can we get a plea bargain to bring back the beautiful gifted young woman.

Posted by: Kcrl1 | December 13, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Is there a plea bargain that will bring back that beautiful gifted young woman?

There has to a point where money and privilege should have no bearing on justice!!!

I hope he gets a friendly 300 lb. black guy named Bubba as a cellmate.

Posted by: Kcrl1 | December 13, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Is there a plea bargain that will bring back that beautiful gifted young woman?

There has to a point where money and privilege should have no bearing on justice!!!

I hope he gets a friendly 300 lb. black guy named Bubba as a cellmate.

Posted by: Kcrl1 | December 13, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

15 years or so for a clear murder. Doesn't sound like justice to me.

Posted by: randysbailin | December 13, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Makes me wish Huguely was being tried in Texas. He would face capital murder charges there with the death penalty as the only sentence offered.

Posted by: meldupree | December 13, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

This young man clearly had problems long before he killed this young lady. He was out of control and his parents did nothing, his school did nothing nor did the state when he was drunk and abusive to a police woman. I'm not surprised at a plea deal for this slug, this is how he's lived all of his sorry life. He's a coward and a bully. He'll get out and marry some empty headed blonde and make her life miserable - probably beat the hell out of her too. As long as Mommy and Daddy has the checkbook, he's safe. His cell away from the common criminals and gee, his own computer. He's been catching up on his sleep and rest, he'll probably go back to UVA once this is over. What a world!!! Only in rich white America.

Posted by: redhead1 | December 13, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

This young man clearly had problems long before he killed this young lady. He was out of control and his parents did nothing, his school did nothing nor did the state when he was drunk and abusive to a police woman. I'm not surprised at a plea deal for this slug, this is how he's lived all of his sorry life. He's a coward and a bully. He'll get out and marry some empty headed blonde and make her life miserable - probably beat the hell out of her too. As long as Mommy and Daddy has the checkbook, he's safe. His cell away from the common criminals and gee, his own computer. He's been catching up on his sleep and rest, he'll probably go back to UVA once this is over. What a world!!! Only in rich white America.

Posted by: redhead1 | December 13, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Just goes to prove that athletes...even student athletes are held to different standards than the rest of us.

Posted by: Badger21 | December 13, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Athletes get different treatment than the general population.

Posted by: Badger21 | December 13, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Athletes get different treatment than the general population.

Posted by: Badger21 | December 13, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

All of you making the point that a black defendent would be facing the death penalty here -- let's be honest: blacks commit a lot more murders than whites. If this was a black-on-black crime it wouldn't even be newsworthy.

But because it's a rich white kid murdering a rich white girl, it makes the paper. Because it's UNUSUAL, you clowns, not because of racism.

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | December 13, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

It is not going to be 20 years. With parole and good behavior, it is more likely 3 in prison and 17 on probation. He could be out by the time he's 25, and patrolling the Georgetown meet bars looking for some other young thing to beat up. If the expressions on this blog are any indication, the prosecution will reconsider this rash decision and go for first degree murder with premeditation. He committed a felony taking her computer after he murdered her, and he attempted to cover it up. There are sufficient mitigating circumstances to warrant the death penalty and Virginia residents should demand prosecutors go for it.

Posted by: edwardallen54 | December 13, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

wow

The people of Va are going to have to take a cold, hard look at themselves.

If this had been a 25 year old black guy with a history of violence walking in off the streets and had beaten the crap out of this college-aged white girl, repeatedly slamming her against the wall and leaving her in a pool of her own blood because she dared to break up with him? LOL he never would have made it to jail much less get a plea-bargain.

Rich white boy does it and he might get 10 years. And who didn't see this coming?

Posted by: chucklebuck | December 13, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Wow. You guys seem pretty certain in your assessment of this case. How did you manage to get all the pertinent information?

Posted by: kuato | December 13, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Who cares what the court system decides? If that had been MY little girl that waste-of-flesh killed, I would be praying for the day of his release and administer my own. MY justice would be a bit more...biblical, MUCH more satisfying, completely non-negotiable, and utterly irrevocable. "Forgiveness" my a$$.

Posted by: Orsalia | December 13, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

For all of you who think he should get he death penalty, or that he would have gotten the death penalty if he was black, below are the requirements for capital murder in Virginia. Please tell me which one this situation fits into. Thanks.

§ 18.2-31. Capital murder defined; punishment.

The following offenses shall constitute capital murder, punishable as a Class 1 felony:

1. The willful, deliberate, and premeditated killing of any person in the commission of abduction, as defined in § 18.2-48, when such abduction was committed with the intent to extort money or a pecuniary benefit or with the intent to defile the victim of such abduction;

2. The willful, deliberate, and premeditated killing of any person by another for hire;

3. The willful, deliberate, and premeditated killing of any person by a prisoner confined in a state or local correctional facility as defined in § 53.1-1, or while in the custody of an employee thereof;

4. The willful, deliberate, and premeditated killing of any person in the commission of robbery or attempted robbery;

5. The willful, deliberate, and premeditated killing of any person in the commission of, or subsequent to, rape or attempted rape, forcible sodomy or attempted forcible sodomy or object sexual penetration;

6. The willful, deliberate, and premeditated killing of a law-enforcement officer as defined in § 9.1-101, a fire marshal appointed pursuant to § 27-30 or a deputy or an assistant fire marshal appointed pursuant to § 27-36, when such fire marshal or deputy or assistant fire marshal has police powers as set forth in §§ 27-34.2 and 27-34.2:1, an auxiliary police officer appointed or provided for pursuant to §§ 15.2-1731 and 15.2-1733, an auxiliary deputy sheriff appointed pursuant to § 15.2-1603, or any law-enforcement officer of another state or the United States having the power to arrest for a felony under the laws of such state or the United States, when such killing is for the purpose of interfering with the performance of his official duties;

7. The willful, deliberate, and premeditated killing of more than one person as a part of the same act or transaction;

8. The willful, deliberate, and premeditated killing of more than one person within a three-year period;

Posted by: dcd1 | December 13, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

"These prosecutors are under a microscope--they won't cut deals also the evidence supports it and the victim's family supports it. As for death penalty being off the table, the prosecutors have obviously concluded that it was not murder one. Presumably they are concluding it was a crime of passion--unplanned. "

LOL I don't think that's the issue here. Whether he meant to kill her or not, whether it was "cold-blooded" or in the heat of passion. I don't think that it even matters whether she died or not.

I think it's a simple case of a white boy from a successful family. A black kid would be lucky to not get the death penalty, REGARDLESS. They're doing everything they can to not give this kid not only the death penalty but life in prison.

I said this before and I'll say it again: even money is that he walks out of prison within 10 years. He'll be on the streets before he's 40. And another even-money bet is that he kills someone else before he's 50.

Posted by: chucklebuck | December 13, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

He'd been harassing & threatening her for weeks after she broke up with him! He deserves the death penalty! He deserves life without parole! He & his assnil family deserve to be sued so that they all become homeless & penniless forever! He's just another Leopold-Loeb (Chicago,Ill, 1926 murder case) in the making!

Posted by: gailschumacher | December 13, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

He'd been harassing & threatening her for weeks after she broke up with him! He deserves the death penalty! He deserves life without parole! He & his assnil family deserve to be sued so that they all become homeless & penniless forever! He's just another Leopold-Loeb (Chicago,Ill, 1926 murder case) in the making!

Posted by: gailschumacher | December 13, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

He'd been harassing & threatening her for weeks after she broke up with him! He deserves the death penalty! He deserves life without parole! He & his assnil family deserve to be sued so that they all become homeless & penniless forever! He's just another Leopold-Loeb (Chicago,Ill, 1926 murder case) in the making!

Posted by: gailschumacher | December 13, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

What? A rich white boy with an awesome lawyer won't face the death penalty (and probably not serious prison time) for murdering a white girl? I'm shocked shocked a tell you.

Posted by: lucl74 | December 13, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

I don't believe in the death penalty for a variety of reasons (mainly because too many people have been acquitted after their initial conviction). But I do believe in life without parole. He doesn't deserve a plea deal - they say there is evidence that he attacked her on repeated occasions. That means he had every chance to recognize that he was escalating the physical encounters and remove himself from the situation. But he didn't. Send a message to domestic abusers and put this guy away for the rest of his life.

Posted by: jrzwrld | December 13, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I make no distinction between this "crime of passion" and premeditated murder. Huguely still viciously and brutally killed another human being and deserves to be viciously and brutally killed as well.

If I were ever president, I would sign an executive order for a vast and rapid expansion of the death penalty. It is not right that there are pedophiles, drug dealers, kidnappers, rapists, those who steal from helpless people, drunk drivers, etc., out there who need to be disposed of in the longest, most painful and example-making fashion possible.

Posted by: playahatah | December 13, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Money, Class, Race. Why isnt he a thug animal people?

Posted by: ged0386 | December 13, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

As a former prosecutor and defense attorney, I believe the prosecutors are wise to take a plea to avoid appeal. They must have the guts to offer nothing less than life without parole. The family can still sue for wrongful death and collect a LOT of money, using the plea as evidence along with all the law enforcement-collected evidence.

I must agree with many comments about the racial differences in how juries convict and sentence in similar cases. A rich white guy has an advantage; to say otherwise is travesty. And yes, I am white.

Posted by: Sandy320 | December 13, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

"For all of you who think he should get he death penalty, or that he would have gotten the death penalty if he was black, below are the requirements for capital murder in Virginia. Please tell me which one this situation fits into. Thanks.

§ 18.2-31. Capital murder defined; punishment.

The following offenses shall constitute capital murder, punishable as a Class 1 felony: "

Any offense that the jury feels is worthy of the death penalty!

Posted by: chucklebuck | December 13, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

That's my problem with the death penalty...It is waaaay too discretionary to be applied in a fair or consistent way. I posted way back when this crime occurred, and everyone was full of outrage that this guy would not be charged with a capitol crime. And, I'm now predicting that, he won't be sense to a maximun security prison and at some point, he'll have a chance at parole (so he can redeem his life). Not because of his race, but because of his class-status.

Posted by: PracticalIndependent | December 13, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Hey Password11 - do you know Huguely's lawyers? How do you know they're lying? And what have they lied about? There has been no sentencing yet in the case. Don't worry, I'm not defending Huguely. But you're a moron to impugn his lawyers without any basis. You might try reading the Constitution. If I could direct you to the 6th amendment, that might help.

Posted by: JOHNSMOST | December 13, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

these commentors are way too titillated by the idea of prison rape.

Posted by: funkey | December 13, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Well, as soon as the news is aired of the jury delivering its verdict in this trail, you better be in a bathroom with your head over a toilet bowl.

It will be very difficult to prove that Hugely premeditated the murder. And because he's a rich kid who'll undoubtedly have the best defense attorneys money can buy (Dream team II), it's going to make the prosecution's job in getting the jury to convict on a murder one rap all the more difficult and unrealistic.
___________________________________________

"If he gets less than first degree murder, I will vomit."

Posted by: lwilliamson1 | December 13, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

For the long history of abuse with Love, for the vicious, brutal, senseless killing of Love, this pampered rich psychopath white boy deserves NO LESS THAN LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE, AND PUT HIM IN THE GENERAL PRISON POPULATION PLEASE-SO HE'LL GET A LITTLE TASTE OF THE ACTION THAT COMES FROM A RICH WHITE PUNK WHO KILLS WOMEN-HE LIKES VIOLENCE? OHH, HE'LL GET THAT AND MORE-MUCH MUCH MORE!

Posted by: Spring_Rain | December 13, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

For the long history of abuse with Love, for the vicious, brutal, senseless killing of Love, this pampered rich psychopath white boy deserves NO LESS THAN LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE, AND PUT HIM IN THE GENERAL PRISON POPULATION PLEASE-SO HE'LL GET A LITTLE TASTE OF THE ACTION THAT COMES FROM A RICH WHITE PUNK WHO KILLS WOMEN-HE LIKES VIOLENCE? OHH, HE'LL GET THAT AND MORE-MUCH MUCH MORE!

Posted by: Spring_Rain | December 13, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

White and rich....you people can't be shocked! Prediction, time served with probation for 5yrs....on the links by 2012.

Posted by: bam1969 | December 13, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

What?

They can't pin it on an illegal immigrant?

Huguely should give Gary Condit a call.

Posted by: Benson | December 13, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Rest assured that if this was a b-ball playing kid from inner city Richmond, there would have been a capital filing. I guess privilege does have its rank. And no I'm not a left wing ACLU loon. A conservative white Republican. Just telling it like it is.

Posted by: GregGrapsas | December 13, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

I'm opposed to capital punishment, but I have nothing at all against life without parole. In this case, it would be great for the Commonwealth's Attorney to pursue this case until Huguely's parents had spent all their money and then locked up their brat for life without parole.

Posted by: amstphd | December 13, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

I take it he's out on bail?

Posted by: jckdoors | December 13, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Need some more reporting here, Washington Post. I don't understand why if the prosecutors have the evidence that has been laid out in the press, they do not go for the death penalty. I am not particularly in favor of seeing him executed, but the alternative to conviction of capital murder is life without parole. I think that would be a just outcome.
I am sure he is contrite and wishes this never happened, but it did, and it looks to me as if we went over there to pick a fight. This doesn't make it a "crime of passion" in my view, because he had the option of not going to her apartment and beating her up. He also stole her computer, which could be a felony depending on what the computer was worth at the time it was taken.
It was deliberate. He thought about it. And he went there with a determination to take it out on her. No passion there, that I can see.
I live in Virginia, and am white. But I agree with others here who say that if this was a poor black man, the outcome would be more severe.

Posted by: edwardallen54 | December 13, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Just two comments: One, under Virginia law and the facts as have been reported so far, this case is not a death-penalty eligible case, so any discussion of whether the prosecutor should or should not seek the death penalty is pointless. Two, Virginia abolished parole in 1995, so any person convicted of a felony in Virginia will be required to serve no less than 85% of his sentence.

Posted by: drewwilder | December 13, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

for drewwilder:
Under Virginia law, according to the U.S. Justice Department, the death penalty is appropriate when:
(1)The murder was especially heinous, atrocious, cruel or depraved (or involved torture)
(2) The defendant is a future danger
(3)The willful, deliberate, and premeditated killing of any person in the commission of abduction when the abduction was committed with the intent to extort money or a pecuniary benefit or with the intent to defile the victim of such abduction
(4) The willful, deliberate, and premeditated killing of any person in the commission of, or subsequent to, rape or attempted rape, forcible sodomy or attempted forcible sodomy or object sexual penetration
(5)The willful, deliberate, and premeditated killing of any person in the commission of robbery or attempted robbery
(6)The willful, deliberate, and premeditated killing of any person by another pursuant to the direction or order of one who is engaged in a continuing criminal enterprise
(7)The willful, deliberate, and premeditated killing of any person by another in the commission of or attempted commission of an act of terrorism
(8)Murder victim was under the age of 14 and the defendant was 21 years of age of older
(9)The willful, deliberate, and premeditated killing of a law enforcement officer or any law enforcement officer of another state or the US having the power to arrest for a felony under the laws when such killing is for the purpose of interfering with the performances of his official duties
(10)The willful, deliberate, and premeditated killing of a pregnant woman by one who knows that the woman is pregnant and has the intent to cause the involuntary termination of the woman’s pregnancy without a live birth

I draw your attention to 1. and 5.
I think prosecutors can easily make the case that the beating he gave the woman was depraved since he outweighed her by 100 pounds, and was a professional athlete in superior condition to most of us. He obviously beat the hell out of her, which is a definition of depravity.
I cited 5 because of the robbery of her computer. We do not have a public statement on why he did this, but robbery is robbery, and she died.
I am less interested in seeing him executed on these charges, but do think he needs to be charged with capital murder so the jury will have an option of life imprisonment without parole. This is a death penalty case.

Posted by: edwardallen54 | December 13, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

I just want to take this time to point how completely retarded most of these comments are. I mean absolutely mindless, uneducated, inane, blah blah blah, you get the point. Every time I come onto these message boards and read this tragic drivel, I end up wanting to slit my wrists. And yes, I am better than you. Please respond with predictably retarded comments. GO!

Posted by: ddg6g | December 13, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

This story is in the sports section because of?

Was OJ's story in the sports page?
No
It was on the front page for about 3 years.

WashPost, this is not a sports story; it's a crime story, which goes where your SE DC murder stories go, which is not sports even if the SE DC guy played football.

Posted by: morrisday1 | December 13, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

To edwardallen54, look instead at Virginia Code Section 18.2-31 which lists the eligible offenses for capital punishment under Virginia law. The only possible subsection that might apply is subsection 4 which allows for the death penalty in cases of murder in the commission of robbery. That section is designed to penalize those that have the intent to commit robbery (taking of the property of another by force) and whose actions cause a chain of events that lead to murder. In this case, the evidence that has been reported (and we may well find out that there is other evidence that has not been reported) suggests strongly that the theft of the computer was done after the encounter as a way to cover his tracks, not as the precipitant to murder. We all wait to see if the e-mails shed any light on the Defendant's state of mind when he went to the house.

Posted by: drewwilder | December 13, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

"Mr. Huguely acted in a moment of passion when he was likely intoxicated. Though his actions resulted in Ms. Love's tragic death, there is no evidence that this was a planned murder. Mr. Huguely deserves some prison time, but it would not serve the interests of justice for his life to be ruined with a long-term sentence only to satisfy the public's desire for revenge. "

Response:

If you are not a criminal defense attorney you should be.

If you are a criminal defense attorney you must be one hell of one. How can you live with yourself?

Or, was that a healthy dose of sarcaism?

Because, I a terrified to fathom, even the remote possibility, that someone out there would believe what you posted.

Posted by: Junkbuyer6969 | December 13, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

"Wow. You guys seem pretty certain in your assessment of this case. How did you manage to get all the pertinent information?"

Well... because he admitted that he did it?? There's not a lot of mystery involved in this case. The facts pretty much speak for themselves.

This was not a crime of passion... he didn't suddenly go crazy and kill her during a fight. He broke into her home in the middle of the night after he'd been threatening her for weeks.

Posted by: floof | December 13, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

He stole and destroyed her computer because it had incriminating evidence. Destroying evidence is a crime and it should be adding years to his sentence.

Posted by: nuanced | December 13, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

If an African American kid killed a beautiful white girl in Virginia, even in less aggravated circumstances, they would never never take the death penalty off the table.

Very true, with the black on white crime, especially black males targeting weak white females and escalating, we do need deterents...

Posted by: mark0004 | December 13, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

So sad.

Posted by: suzanneyada | December 13, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

This piece of scum deserves the death penalty for beating a beautiful young woman to death...plea deals are for cases where you don't have a sure conviction...another case of preferential treatment for rich defendants??

Posted by: JCM-51 | December 13, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

dcpeters, what would the outcry be by conservatives? what should he get? read dcd1's post and educate yourself...better yet watch the Stewart/Colbert show, hopefully they'll do a bit which will further skew your already warped thinking...

Posted by: otiswonsley39 | December 14, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

The state should kill Huguely.

The murderer should die - all murderers should be killed. I hope the prosecutor goes for the death penalty in this case.

Posted by: joeyjoey | December 14, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't appear to occur to anyone that the Love family does not want a trial. There would be no plea agreement if they did.

Posted by: DHaze | December 14, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Plea bargain....get real!!
Huguley should not get preferential treatment. Anything less than life without parole is a tragedy. Send him to a woman's prison.

Posted by: AllAmerican3 | December 14, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Otenthal - first and foremost how did you get the Blackberry in there? Soon to be a felony. Shake downs are common so not thinking that Blackberry is going to last too long. As for George and the legal system - it is not uncommon to plea down a charge. If everyone went to court on their charges there would not be enough time or judges to hear them all. 90% are settled before the court date. If George takes a plea you can bet he will be doing time. Don't know how much but if he goes to the Red Onion his life will be a living disaster. Rich white boys don't do so well. Targets of extortion, beatings and yes sexual activity. Gangs are another choice to remain alive and in one piece. But they too come at a price. As for the segregation it may be for his safety to make sure he makes it to trial. Or maybe it is for full suicide precautions. Lots of reasons that could be happening. Conjecture never gets anyone anywhere close to the truth. That is what the legal teams are for - sort through the legal issues and make recommendations. Makes me upset that the defense is now seeking her medical records to refute that the beating was the cause of death. Let's see: healthy on the walk home, asleep in her bed, soon to have a busted up face, head repeatedly smacked against a wall, bleeding and left to die. Found alone a few hours later. Maybe not a planned murder but certainly an aggravated assault that turned deadly. For those who wonder what George's life will be like here is a snap shot: you get up when they tell you, you eat when and what they tell you, you look over your shoulder 24/7 for those out to get you, limit on commissary if it is not taken by extortion or as pay offs, limited family contact, in a facility full of noise 24 hours a day, snitches, gangs and CO's on the take. Yes I work in a jail which is a joke when compared to prison. Life will never be right again for George. If he is there long enough he will become institutionalized. And when he does get out what will he do? Who would hire him? Who would want to do business with his family if he was an employee? Lots of hard questions to answer for his future. I also know the Love family. They mourn Yeardley's loss everyday. They are not vindictive only seeking justice. My suggestion to all on this forum - take a step back. Consider if this was your family - both the Love's and the Hugely's. Pray if you believe for both. Each family has suffered its own tragedy. This still makes me cry when I think of Yards and her smile. George's friends and family are affected too. We may never know the whole story. But until the FACTS come out keep the speculation to a minimum. It does no good.

Posted by: RBenner347 | December 15, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

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