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The jury found the Chevy Chase, Md., man guilty in February of second-degree murder and grand larceny.
Asked by the judge if he wanted to address the court before sentencing, a shackled and tearful Huguely turned to Love's mother, Sharon Love, and sister Lexie and said, "I'm so sorry for your loss and I hope you find peace," according to the Associated Press.
Love's family issued a statement after the sentence was announced.
"We would like to thank everyone who worked so tirelessly on Yeardley's behalf," the statement read.
"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."
Circuit Judge Edward Hogshire reduced the jury's recommended sentence by three years.
The Associated Press reported that in reducing Huguely's sentencing, Hogshire strayed from tradition. Virginia judges typically heed a jury's sentence recommendations.
Virginia has no parole, but Huguely could reduce his sentence by 15 percent if he earns credits by participating in prison programs and stays out of trouble. He also would be credited with time served, leaving him with 18 years in prison.