Today, April 15, 2015, former tight end of the New England Patriots, Aaron Hernandez was found guilty of first-degree murder. The shooting occurred in an industrial lot near Hernandez’s home in June of 2013, and victim was semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins. He was shot a total of six times, although the murder weapon was never recovered.
It is believed that Jenkins disposed of the gun without knowledge. She received immunity in exchange for her testimony, where she confessed to disposing of a garbage bag after the murder, but denies ever looking in the bag or knowing what contents were inside.
The guilty verdict came after seven days of deliberation from the jury at Bristol County Superior Court, in Fall River, Massachusetts.
In Massachusetts, there is an automatic sentence of life without parole when an individual is found guilty of first-degree murder.
After the jury released their verdict to the courtroom, Shayanna Jenkins was seen crying with Hernandez’s mother, Terri Hernandez.
Victim Odin Lloyd’s mother threw a victorious fist in the air.
Hernandez will serve his sentence in MCl-Cedar Junction facility in Walpole, Mass., only a few miles from his former football stadium. He is still awaiting trial for a double homicide taking place in July 2012.
Two other men are awaiting trial for their involvement in the murder of Odin Lloyd, who mother Ursula Ward said was “the most precious gift in [her] life.”