Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been a trial for what seems like forever, but there is now a verdict on the murder of former semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd. Hernandez has been found guilty of all counts, and first degree murder, and has been sentenced to life in prison without an option for parole. Hernandez had been held in jail since the Summer of 2013 without an option for bail.
When the jury ruled their verdict, Hernandez apparently said ”wrong” to the jury and shook his head.
The road also doesn’t end here for Hernandez, as he still faces a trail for a drive-by shooting. Hernandez is accused of gunning down two men over a spilled drink. Prosecutors determined that Hernandez organized the murder of Lloyd, by gathering two friends and driving them to a industrial park which Lloyd was at. It was unclear if Hernandez fired the shots at Lloyd, because the court didn’t need to know if he did or not to convict him. There is security tape of Hernandez at his home holding a gun less than 10 minutes after Lloyd’s murder. The cameras also caught Wallace and Ortiz (his friends) at his home hours after the murder, relaxing in his basement.
Hernandez, 25, had a bright NFL career ahead of him. Hernandez had been named NFL.com’s 77th best player in the NFL in 2013, and had 18 career touchdowns, 1,956 career receiving yards, and 175 career receptions. Those numbers earned him a 40 million dollar deal in 2012, giving the Patriots one of the best tight end duos in the NFL as Hernandez was paired with Rob Gronkowski in the Patriots offense.
While the verdict may have been reached, there is still a lot of time until the case is finally done. As it is now though, Hernandez will never see life out of prison ever again.
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