Former New England Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez will not be adding on to his life sentence in prison. The ex-All Pro is currently in jail serving a life term after he was found guilty of the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd. Hernandez wasn’t charged with the 2012 murders until 2014.
The case claimed that the 2012 double murders began at a nightclub when one of the victims allegedly spilled a drink on Hernandez and he became enraged and shot both of them after they all left for the evening.
The following details come courtesy of the Associated Press.
Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez, who is already serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder, was acquitted Friday in a 2012 double slaying prosecutors said was fueled by his anger over a spilled drink.
The former tight end for the New England Patriots wept quietly as the verdicts were read in Boston. A few moments later, he looked back at his fiancee and nodded somberly as relatives of the victims sobbed loudly. A defense attorney hugged him.
After six days of deliberations, the jury found Hernandez not guilty of first-degree murder in the killings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. It convicted him of a single charge: unlawful possession of a gun. The judge sentenced him to an additional four to five years in prison, separate from his existing life sentence.
Prosecutors said Hernandez opened fire on their car because he felt disrespected when one of the men bumped into him and spilled his drink at a Boston nightclub.
The defense team pointed the finger at Alexander Bradley, a close friend of Hernandez who was with him the night of the shootings.
Hernandez was also acquitted Friday of shooting Bradley in the face months later to try to silence him as a witness. Bradley lost his right eye.