FALL RIVER, Mass. – Aaron Hernandez, who once dominated the football field as a star tight end for the New England Patriots, was found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Odin Lloyd, the boyfriend of his fiancée’s sister, and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
A 12-person jury reached the verdict Wednesday, on the seventh day of deliberations. The trial spanned more than two months and saw 135 witnesses -132 of which were called by the prosecution.
Hernandez was also found guilty of illegal possession of a firearm and illegal possession of ammunition.
The former NFL star appeared to mouth the words “you’re wrong” after the verdict was read.
Hernandez’s fiancee and mother gasped and sobbed as the verdict was read. Lloyd’s mother also cried. Hernandez appeared emotionless. At one point, he shook his head and appeared to mouth the words, “You’re wrong” in the direction of the jury. He also mouthed to his mother and fiancee: “Be strong. Be strong.”
Shortly after the verdict was delivered, Hernandez was sentenced by Judge Susan Garsh. Prior to Garsh handing down the automatic sentence of life in prison without parole, members of Lloyd’s family gave victim impact statements to the court.
Lloyd’s mother, Ursula Ward, spoke first, saying her only son Odin was the “best gift I ever received.”
“The day I laid my son Odin to rest, I felt my heart stop beating for a moment,” she said.
Lloyd’s uncle, sister and cousin also spoke.
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