Aaron Hernandez was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder in the late-night shooting of a man in a deserted industrial park — a verdict that completed a staggering fall for one of the NFL's most promising stars.
Hernandez, 25, a former tight end for the New England Patriots, appeared to shake his head slightly as the verdict was read. He was also convicted of gun charges in the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancée.
The verdict carries an automatic sentence of life without parole barring unusual circumstances. Before the formal pronouncement of the sentence, the judge heard from Lloyd's mother, Ursula Ward, who remembered her son as the "backbone of the family."
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