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The fate of convicted murderer and former University of Virginia lacrosse player George Huguely V will be decided in a formal sentencing on Aug. 30, a Virginia judge ruled today.
In February, a jury recommended that a judge sentence Huguely to 26 years in prison for the beating death of ex-girlfriend and classmate Yeardley Love. The judge can either confirm or lessen the sentence, but he cannot increase it.
The jury recommended 25 years in prison for the second-degree murder conviction and one year for a grand larceny conviction for stealing Love's laptop computer.
Huguely, 25, was not present at today's hearing and the judge denied several efforts by the defense team to discuss motions for a retrial. The judge said that should be discussed at a different date.
There will be a hearing on Thursday to discuss a motion to release evidence from the trial to the media for "educational purposes." The evidence-including a video of Huguely's police interrogation and letters Huguely wrote to Love-were kept from the media and the public throughout the trial.
Huguely was accused of killing Love in a drunken rage in 2010 just weeks before she was to graduate from the University of Virginia. Both Huguely and Love were star lacrosse players on the university's elite teams.