Jury finds Patriots’ Aaron Hernandez guilty of murder

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In the end, he will be remembered as a murderer. Nothing more.

Aaron Hernandenz had it all. Fame. Fortune. Love. Respect. Instead, he sacrificed it all. As a result, Hernandez will be remembered as one of the worst criminals to ever come out of a Florida college.

Jurors found Hernandez, a tight end for the New England Patriots and formerly of the University of Florida, guilty of murdering Odin Lloyd. He will serve life in prison without the possibility of parole.

While at Florida, playing for Urban Meyer, much of Hernandez’ misdeeds were hidden by the program. It was only after he left that it surfaced what a headache he had been. The anti-Tebow, he has been called.

A jury of seven women and five men found Hernandez guilty after six days of deliberations. He was convicted although prosecutors did not have a murder weapon nor a motive.

Hernandez will go down as one of the most celebrated criminals to come out of the state. He is not the first athlete to be charged with murder, however. Former Olympian Oscar Pistorius was convicted of manslaughter in the death of his girlfriend durnig the fall.

Former Carolina Panthers’ reciever Rae Carruth was convicted of killing his girlfriend. Robert Rozier, who played only six game with the Cardinals, admitted to killing eight people.

Other NFL players who were associated with murder with O.J. Simpson, who was found not guilty in his criminal trial. Ray Lewis was charged with two counts of murder but was guilty only of obstructing justice. Jim Dunaway of the Buffalo Bills was found guilty in a civil in the wrongful death of his wife. Former New England linebacker Eric Naposki was found guity of murdering a man for insurance money.

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