Aaron Hernandez Sentenced to Life in Prison
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP)– One-time New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez was found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison Wednesday in a fatal late-night shooting, sealing the failure of a professional athlete who one time had a $40 million contract and a magnificent career in front of him.
The district attorney portrayed Hernandez as a calculating murderer whose motive for the calculated murder of his former close friend, Lloyd, centered on comprehended disrespect in a nightclub and considering that he knew too much about Hernandez’s personal life.
On the night of the killing, Aaron Hernandez sent a text message to Lloyd, arranging for the 2 men to meet. They drove, along with Hernandez’s other friends Carlos Ortiz and Earnest Wallace, to a vacant area in North Attleborough, Mass., where Lloyd was gunned multiple times. Hernandez’s footprints and shell casings from a 9mm pistol were found at the scene where Lloyd was murdered.
Aaron Hernandez Guilty of 1st-Degree Murder, Sentenced to Life in Prison (VIDEO)
The criminal prosecution argued that Hernandez put the murder weapon in a box and later had his fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, get rid of it by throwing it in a dumpster the day after the murder. When she got rid of it, Jenkins testified that she did not know what was in the box. She added that the box weighed around 40 pounds and claimed Aaron Hernandez told her it was “important” that she remove it.
Hernandez’s mother, Terri, and his fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, cried and gasped when they heard the verdict. Hernandez later mouthed to them: “Be strong.
The former professional football player pro was in addition found guilty on firearm and ammunition charges.
Hernandez’s legal representative acknowledged during closing arguments that he was without a doubt at the scene when Lloyd was killed. He blamed the killing on 2 of Aaron Hernandez’s pals, saying his client was a 23-year-old kid who didn’t know what to do.
Prosecutors claimed Hernandez planned the murder and then helped cover it up.