After a nine-week trial and six days of jury deliberation, Aaron Hernandez has been found guilty of all charges for the murder of Odin Lloyd on June 17, 2013. More specifically, as Lloyd was shot six times, Hernandez has been found guilty of murder in the first degree due to extreme cruelty, and sentenced to life in prison with no opportunity for parole.
Of course, as is his constitutional right, Hernandez will appeal the court’s decision; a process that could take months or even years to resolve. In the meantime, he will remain incarcerated at MCI Cedar Junction Prison in Walpole, Massachusetts which, interestingly, is located only a few miles from Gillette Stadium, home to Hernandez’s former team, the New England Patriots. Additionally, Hernandez faces a second murder trial for the deaths of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado on July 12, 2012. Originally scheduled for May 2015, this trial has been put on old pending the outcome of the Lloyd murder trial and the cases may have a link with some speculating that Lloyd’s murder was due to him revealing Hernandez’s involvement with the murders of de Abreu and Furtado.
For additional information, including great insight into the jury deliberations, check out this piece by Michael McCann at Sports Illustrated. And here is an interesting collection of Twitter reactions to the verdict, including a few from some of Hernandez’s past teammates.