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Aaron Hernandez Found GUILTY Of First-Degree Murder, Faces Life With No Parole

Aaron Hernandez Found Guilty First-Degree Murder

Apr. 15 2015, Updated 12:01 p.m. ET

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Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez was found guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday in a Fall River, Mass. courtroom in the death of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.

The 25-year-old, an ex tight end for the New England Patriots, must serve a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole, according to state law. He was also found guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm not at home or work and unlawful possession of ammunition in the tense court hearing.

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Hernandez's mother Terri and fiancee Shayanna Jenkins openly wept as the verdict was read from a jury that included seven women and five men.

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As previously reported, the 27-year-old Lloyd (who knew the NFL football player, as he was dating Jenkins’ sister) was gunned down June 17, 2013 in a North Attleborough, Mass. industrial park. The other two men accused in the killing, Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace, continue to await trial.


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Hernandez has also pleaded not guilty to murder charges in a 2012 double killing, but the judge had not allowed prosecutors from mentioning the separate charges in the Lloyd trial.

Hernandez, who had a $40 million contract with the reigning Super Bowl champions, was immediately cut by the team after charges against him surfaced in the summer of 2013.



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