Updated 05:13 AM EDT, Mon, Jun 14, 2021

Guilty! A Look Into the Life of Aaron Hernandez, the Ex-Patriots Star Sentenced for Murder of Odin Lloyd

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Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez's promising career and the endless possibilities out there for him all came crumbling down on Wednesday after a jury found him guilty of first degree murder for the 2013 death of Odin Lloyd.

As he sat on the courtroom while the jury read their decision, Hernandez can't seem to fathom the future that is ahead of him, an entire life behind bars. CNN said that the 25-year-old was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole as he was also found guilty of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

While he was being taken back to state prison from the courthouse, Hernandez denied that he was the murderer. "They got it wrong. I didn't do it," he was quoted as saying.

The New York Times detailed that while the jury gave their decision, Hernandez was assisted to sit down by one of his guards while he watched his mother and fiancee cry on a bench not far from him.

On their opposite side was Lloyd's mother who was also emotional while justice was served to their family. "I felt like I wanted to go in the hole with my son, Odin," Lloyd's mother, Ursula, said after the decision was announced.

Aside from the murder conviction, The New York Times noted that Hernandez will still face a trial for another shooting incident where two men died outside a nightclub three years ago.

The future was bright for Hernandez until Lloyd's bullet-riddled body was found at an industrial park near the former NFL star's home in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, in June 2013.

According to Newsweek, the 6-foot-2 football player was selected in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL draft along with Rob Gronkowski, who was considered the league's best tight end. Hernandez only came next to him.

During the seasons they played together, the two reportedly caught 187 and 175 passes, respectively.

"As a tandem, Gronkowski and Hernandez were in the early stages of becoming an unstoppable weapon," Newsweek added.

The convicted Hernandez was also gifted with his skills at a very young age and he was a treasured player in the roster along with Gronkowski. In 2012, the Pats extended Hernandez's contract for five years worth $40 million, with a $12.5 million signing bonus.

Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn told the media that Hernandez's fame as an NFL player was set aside as the jury only saw him as a man who committed a brutal and senseless murder.

"The fact that he was a professional athlete meant nothing in the end. He is a citizen who was held accountable by the jury for his depraved conduct," Quinn added.

CNN said the members of the jury found Patriots owner Robert Kraft's testimony as "crucial." In his testimony, Kraft said that Hernandez confessed to him that he did not kill Lloyd, noting that "he hoped that the time of the murder ... came out because I believe he said he was in a club."

"To this day -- we just went through a three-month trial, and this is now two years later -- we still don't know the exact time of Odin's murder. So I don't know how Aaron would have had that information two years ago," one of the jurors was quoted by CNN as saying.

They were sure that they did the right thing in handing Hernandez a guilty verdict.

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