Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots star tight end, was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder in the killing of Odin Lloyd in June 2013.
The first-degree murder conviction carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole in the slaying of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old landscaper and amateur weekend football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee.
The former football pro was also found guilty on firearm and ammunition charges.
Hernandez’s lawyer acknowledged during closing arguments that he was there when Lloyd was killed. But 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 said Hernandez planned the killing and then helped cover it up.