Patriots Talk: Aaron Hernandez Found Not Guilty of Double Murder
Yesterday, after over six days of deliberation, the Boston District Court found Ex-Patriots [Tight End] Aaron Hernandez, not guilty of first-degree murder in the 2012 killings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. The jury found him innocent of all conviction charges with the only exception he was found guilty of was for unlawful possession of a firearm. The judge, Jeffrey Locke, sentenced him to an additional four to five years of prison time. (This sentence will be separately from his current life sentence for the murder of Odin Floyd in 2013)
This is a story that will never seemingly leave the Patriots alone. The sad reality is that [Head Coach] Bill Belichick during his CNBC interview summarized the whole ordeal and it was one simple word: Tragedy. Hernandez had literally everything that one could have wanted. On August 27th, 2012 he signed a 40 million contract (the highest for a tight end after his teammate Rob Gronkowski signing for 53 million). His wife and daughter, Shayanna and Avielle Jenkins-Hernandez moved into their four-story apartment in North Attleboro shortly after. All that has been thrown away because of what he did.
The trial was a very somber one as both the Abreu and Furtado families will need to live with the reality that the murderer for their deaths is still at large. The defense team pointed towards Hernandez’s close friend and drug dealer, Alexander Bradley, who was with him the night of the murders. The defense went after Bradley, looking towards his criminal history including a five-year prison sentence that he is serving in Connecticut for firing a live firearm a Hartford nightclub in 2014. As of now, Hernandez will be returned to Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, MA to serve out the remainder of his life sentence. According to his defense attorney, Jose Baez, they will attempt a re-trial for the first murder case. Baez stated to ESPN reporter, Ian O’Connor:
“(Hernandez) is one step closer to being reunited with his family. He still has the appeal (of the Lloyd conviction), and those appeals can be overturned.”