Like father, like son!
Aaron Hernandez's dad was secretly connected to a murder years before the late NFL star landed behind bars for his own crimes, RadarOnline.com can exclusively report.
Shocking police records obtained by Radar show the late athlete's father once confessed to knowing details about the killing of a police officer in 1977.
Dennis Hernandez told police he knew his friend, Rocco Testa, was in "serious trouble" after a Plainville, Connecticut police officer was fatally shot.
"Rocco told me to keep my mouth shut," Hernandez confessed in a statement to police.
The fallen police officer, Robert Holcomb, had been shot while chasing after two burglary suspects. The suspects were later identified as Dennis's friend Testa, and Testa's uncle, Gary Castonguay.
In another uncovered statement to police, Testa's girlfriend, Dianne Field, confessed that Dennis played a role in driving Testa away from the scene, in her car.
"When we stopped at a stop sign, Rocky came around the corner with Dennis sitting in the front seat of my car. I couldn't see anyone else in the car," Field told police.
Despite his connection to the crime, Dennis was never charged. His friend Testa and Castonguay, however, were arrested on murder and burglary charges.
Testa was ultimately granted immunity for testifying against Castonguay, who was sentenced to life in prison.
In 2015, a judge ruled against granting Castonguay parole, according to a Connecticut newspaper.
As Radar readers know, Aaron took his own life in his prison cell in 2017. He had been serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd.
Days before his shocking suicide, Aaron was acquitted of the 2012 double murder of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.
Dennis died when Aaron was 16 years old. The father and son had a complicated relationship. Aaron's brother recently revealed that Dennis beat his sons when they were young.
In the late '80s and early '90s, Dennis was found guilty of breach of peace and marijuana possession, Radar reported.
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