FALL RIVER — In a stunning reversal of fortune for a man who once sprinted into end zones as an NFL star, Aaron Hernandez was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a friend who had angered him. He faces a mandatory sentence of life without parole.
The former New England Patriots tight end was found guilty by a seven-woman, five-man jury of the June 17, 2013, murder of Odin L. Lloyd of Boston. The jury in Bristol Superior Court took seven days to render its decision. It found he merited the conviction by “reason of extreme atrocity or cruelty.”
Yeah. This was all misfortune. His luck just ran out. Wrong place, wrong time, mistaken identity, flimsy circumstantial evidence? Too many gunshots? Darn.
Hernandez showed little obvious emotion, but shook his head as the verdict was announced. He looked at his mother and fiancee in the gallery, who were holding each other, engulfed in tears.
Hernandez, 25, and two accomplices picked up Lloyd, 27, a landscaper who played semiprofessional football, at his home on the pretext that they would party together. Instead they drove through the darkness to an industrial park in North Attleborough near the football player’s spacious home, where Hernandez shot Lloyd several times with a .45-caliber Glock pistol, including two kill shots to Lloyd’s chest as he writhed in pain on the ground…
Of all the rotten luck a guy could ever encounter. He’s just another All American fella who got railroaded by a kangaroo court? Later in the Globe report:
While they never pinpointed his motive, prosecutors portrayed Hernandez as a young man who, despite his good looks, sizable fortune, and apparently bright future, was secretive, thin-skinned, and easily provoked by perceived slights.
Betcha I can pinpoint his motive. Here we’re to believe that a tough NFL player has his feelings easily hurt. It wasn’t about thin skin. It was about a criminal’s ego. Read on…
Witnesses testified Hernandez and Lloyd went to a Boston club two nights before the murder and Hernandez appeared angry after Lloyd began talking with other people. Hernandez stormed out of the club and went back to his vehicle to retrieve a handgun, witnesses testified.
See, here’s the thing, folks. You just don’t slight or show any sort of disrespect to a real criminal. If you do, you may end up dead. I worked face-to-face with hundreds of g-homies (sociopath street gang members) during my law enforcement career. Contrary to what social workers and mental health professionals might have you believe, a real criminal’s ego knows no boundaries. It is immense beyond imagination.
Jurors also heard that Hernandez, Lloyd, and two women continued from the club that night to an apartment that Hernandez leased in Franklin, and that Hernandez had texted Shayanna Jenkins on Lloyd’s phone the following day, telling her that he got “f—– up” and “O” took care of him.
Whatever that means. Betcha if we could closely examine his tattoos (see photo above from Drudge) we could find out which set (gang) he belongs to.