Aaron Hernandez, in the trial that has been going on for years, has finally been found guilty. The former NFL star was charged with first-degree murder, a crime that carries a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The jurors in the case deliberated for more than 35 hours over the course of seven days. The trail took place in Fall River, Massachusetts in relation to the murder of Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player who Hernandez was accused of shooting and killing in the summer of 2013.
Hernandez is a former tight end for the New England Patriots and after much preparation and the arrest, the trial finally began at the end of January of this year, just days before the Patriots won another Super Bowl.
Aaron Hernandez pleaded not guilty in the trial initially, but with a number of witnesses called by the prosecution and enough evidence to find him guilty, he will be serving the rest of his life in prison.
The prosecutors stated that Odin Lloyd was last seen on June 17, 2013, around 2:30 a.m. with Hernandez and Hernandez’s friends, Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace, in a rented silver Nissan Altima. The following day, his body was found by a jogger and he had been shot multiple times.
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With Hernandez being a star player in the NFL prior to the crime, he was the prime suspect facing public scrutiny ever since, but Wallace and Ortiz have also been charged with murder, have pleaded not guilty, and will be tried separately.
The former NFL star’s charges continue to add up and somehow the evidence from the case even led to two more charges from a case in Boston that were unrelated to Lloyd’s death. He has pleaded not guilty, of course, and the trial is currently scheduled for May, but it is likely that it will be pushed back.
Aaron Hernandez has been ordered to serve his life sentence in Walpole, MA… about 1.5 miles from Gillette Stadium, where Patriots play.
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Aaron Hernandez appeared upset after the verdict was read, but he remained calm for someone who was just told he would spend the rest of his life in prison. In addition to the first-degree murder charge, he was found guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition.