Former New England Patriot, Aaron Hernandez, was sentenced to life in prison without parole Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Just days before committing murder, Hernandez had previously signed a $40 million contract with the Patriots, who ended up winning the Super Bowl this past year.
Hernandez was charged with first degree murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition. Odin Lloyd, Hernandez’s marijuana distributor and his future brother-in-law was the victim; he was just twenty seven years old.
Hernandez was one of the most sought after tight ends in the National Football League. Having 175 receptions for 1,956 yards and eighteen touchdowns in his only three seasons. Hernandez played at the University of Florida with other exceptional players such as Tim Tebow and Riley Cooper.
Though there was not much physical evidence nor were there witnesses, there was still enough circumstantial evidence to lock Hernandez up for good. Thomas Quinn, Bristol County District Attorney stated, “Aaron Hernandez may have been a well-known New England Patriots football player. However, in the end, the jury found that he was just a man who committed a brutal murder.”
At the end of the day Hernandez got what he deserved, and a precedent has been set to professional athletes who think they can get away with things that normal citizen would not.