Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was found guilty of murder in the first degree for the killing of Odin Lloyd.
Gone is the life of a human being, first and foremost. Lloyd was dating Hernandez’s fiancee’s sister at the time of the murder, when he got in a car with Hernandez and two others. Hernandez drove the car to a deserted industrial park near Hernandez’s home. He was shot six times in the middle of the night.
The prosecution presented an overwhelming amount of evidence in the case. Hernandez was shown on his own home surveillance carrying what was presumed to be a gun just moments after the murder when he and Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz arrived at his home. The following day, Hernandez lounged around his house and by the pool with the two men.
A murder weapon was never found, and a direct motive was never revealed. Speculation leads the believe that Hernandez thought Lloyd knew too much about the 2012 double-murder that Hernandez will be tried for as well.
Hernandez signed a $40 million contract with the Patriots. He will serve a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the chance of parole.
He was also found guilty in carrying a weapon as well as possession of ammunition without an FID card. He will be imprisoned under two miles away from Gillette Stadium, the home of the New England Patriots.