Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was found guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder in a deadly late-night shooting and was sentenced to life in prison, sealing the downfall of an standout star who once had a $40 million contract and a standout career ahead of him.
Aaron Hernandez’s prosecutors were relentless in their gathering and presentation of evidence, painstaking in their attention to every detail, and persuasive in their use of video and forensics.
Hernandez, 25, looked to his right, pursed his lips and sat down after the jury forewoman announced him guilty in the slaying of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old landscaper and semipro football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée. The conviction carried a mandatory sentence of life without parole and automatically triggered an appeal to Massachusetts’ highest court.
No date for that appeal has been set.
Hernandez’s mother, Terri, and his fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins, cried and gasped when they heard the verdict, and Lloyd’s mother also cried. Jenkins wept on his mother’s shoulder. Hernandez, his eyes red, mouthed to them: “Be strong. Be strong.”
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