Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was found guilty of first degree murder on Wednesday morning, and has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.
The Bristol County Superior Court jury in Massachusetts also found Hernandez guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition.
After Hernandez was charged with murder in June 2013, the Patriots immediately dropped him, as did sponsor Puma.
Just a few months before, the NFL star had signed a two-year deal with the athletic brand to work with its men’s training initiatives. At the time, Hernandez said, “You don’t see many people signing with Puma. I thought it would be something different, and I feel like I’m different than most.”
Hernandez was accused of fatally shooting semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd in 2013, whose body was found in a Massachusetts industrial park.
After the verdict was announced, CNN reporter Susan Candiotti tweeted court room reactions, mentioning that Hernandez showed no reaction.
#AaronHernandez AARON SHOW NO REACTION ; VICTIM’S MOM CRIES, pumps her fists in air quietly, saying yes. fiance and mom of of AH weep
— susan candiotti cnn (@susancandiotti) April 15, 2015
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