Finally a star who wasn’t treated like a ‘god’ and justice was served.
Aaron Hernandez will spend the rest of his life in prison without chance of release after being found guilty of first-degree murder today.
The former NFL star appeared stunned at the verdict, sinking into his chair and shaking his head amid audible gasps around the Massachusetts courtroom on Wednesday morning.
Hernandez’s mother, Terri, and fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins, broke down in sobs and rocked each other back and forth as each juror pronounced the former Pats player guilty on all charges, including murder by extreme atrocity or cruelty.
The mother of victim Odin Lloyd, Ursula Ward, sobbed and pumped her fist. Lloyd’s girlfriend and Shayanna’s sister, Shaneah Jenkins, wept beside the victim’s mother, just feet away across the aisle from her estranged sister.
Terri Hernandez and Shayanna Jenkins left court immediately after the guilty verdict was returned on Wednesday morning.
Following a short recess on Wednesday, Lloyd’s family made their victim impact statements before the court.
Hernandez refused to stand for the statements and was encircled by his defense team so that he was blocked from view.
Lloyd’s mother, Ursula Ward, was the first to make her statement facing the judge.
Ms Ward said: ‘Odin Lloyd was my only son… he was the backbone of the family. Odin was my first, best gift I ever received.
She broke down as she said: ‘I thank God for every second of my son’s life that I spent with him.
‘When I laid my son Odin to rest, I felt my heart stop beating. I wanted to go into the hole with Odin. I miss my baby boy Odin so much but I know I will see him again some day and that has given me strength.
Ms Ward continued: ‘I forgive the people who had a hand in my son’s murder both before and after. I pray and hope that someday that everyone out there will forgive them also.’
Lloyd’s uncle, sister and cousin also made emotional statements to the court but his girlfriend, Shaneah Jenkins, did not speak before the court.
The jury spent 35 hours weighing whether Hernandez, a player with sponsorship deals and a $41million dollar Patriots contract, was guilty of murdering semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd in June 2013.
Hernandez, a 25-year-old former tight-end for the Patriots, was accused of first- and second-degree murder in Lloyd’s death, as well as firearms charges.
The killer was also convicted of several lesser charges – mostly related to the weapon he used in the murder – a .40-caliber Glock pistol which has never been found.
Hernandez was found guilty of carrying a firearm without a license, two counts of carrying a large capacity firearm, possession of a firearm without a firearm identification card and possession of ammunition without an identification card.
The prosecution said the player and two friends drove Lloyd to an industrial park near Hernandez’s North Attleborough mansion and shot him to death, execution-style.
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