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April 15, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff

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FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The jury has found former New England Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez, guilty on all counts in the murder of Odin Lloyd.

Hernandez’s conviction was followed by the sentence of natural life in prison for the premeditated murder without the possibility of parole.

For possession of illegal possession of a firearm, Hernandez was sentenced to 3 years in prison to run concurrent with his life sentence. For the charge of unlawful possession of ammunition, Hernandez was sentenced to 1 year in prison to run concurrent with the life sentence.

Hernandez, once a budding NFL superstar, will now serve the rest of his natural life in prison for the June 2013 first degree premeditated murder of Odin Lloyd. Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee. He was shot six times in an industrial park near Hernandez’s home.

A court officer announced Wednesday morning that the 12-person jury had reached a verdict after deliberating since April 7.

His conviction was based mostly on circumstantial evidence, he was found guilty without key evidence such as eyewitness testimony or a murder weapon.

However, a key moment in the trial came when Hernandez’s lawyer acknowledged during closing arguments that he was there when Lloyd was killed, which placed him at the scene of the crime. But insisted he did not commit the murder, rather he pinned the shooting on Hernandez’s two friends, saying his client was a 23-year-old kid who didn’t know what to do.

Prosecutors have alleged all along that Hernandez planned the killing, then helped cover it up.

The family members of Hernandez including his fiancee Shanya Jenkins sobbed as the verdict was read and remain emotional in the courtroom as they awaited his sentencing.

The family of Odin Lloyd delivered hertbreaking and emotional impact statements prior to Hernandez’s sentencing. “Odin was my first born and the man of the house, I will never have a grandchild from my son or dance at his wedding,” said Lloyd’s mother fighting through tears as she read the statement.

She added, “I will never hear Odin say “I love you mom,” I miss my baby boy so much. The day I placed my son to rest, I felt my heart stop beating. But I forgive the hands that had a hand in my son’s death and I ask the lord and everyone else, that with time they can forgive him also.”

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