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Prosecutors ask judge to decline request to dismiss Aaron Hernandez conviction

May 2, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Prosecutors ask judge to decline request to dismiss Aaron Hernandez conviction

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On Monday, prosecutors in Massachusetts asked a judge to decline a request to dismiss the conviction of Aaron Hernandez posthumously, contending that granting the request would “reward” the former New England Patriots player for his “conscious, deliberate and voluntary act.”

After the 27-year-old former football star hanged himself in prison on April 19th, his lawyers asked that his conviction for the Odin Lloyd’s 2013 murder be dismissed.

While Massachusetts courts have granted dismissals in cases where a defendant dies before appeals are exhausted, Bristol County Assistant District Attorney Patrick Bomberg asserted that the practice is more custom than law. In a written letter, Bomberg also proposed that dismissing the conviction would be unfair to Lloyd’s loved ones.

On April 19th, Hernandez was discovered hanging from a bed sheet in his jail cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts.

Aaron Hernandez was serving life behind bars after he was found guilty of murder, illegal possession of a gun, and unlawful possession of ammunition for the 2013 murder of Lloyd. The victim was dating the sister of Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez, who was the player’s fiancée.

Five days before his suicide, Hernandez was acquitted in a double murder stemming from 2012.

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