Aaron Hernandez suicide in prison
“On April 19, 2017 Aaron Hernandez was discovered hanged in his cell by corrections officers at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley Massachusetts at approximately 3:05 a.m., lifesaving techniques were attempted on Mr. Hernandez and he was transported to UMASS Leominster where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m. by a physician at the hospital.”
Hernandez was convicted in 2015 of killing of Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player who was dating the sister of his fiancee.
The former Patriot tight end’s suicide comes five days after he was acquitted of a double murder from 2012 where prosecutors said it was fueled by his anger over a spilt drink.
The jury found him not guilty of first-degree murder in the killings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado but convicted him of unlawful possession of a gun.
He was sentenced to an additional four to five years in prison, separate from his existing life sentence for that conviction.
The defence team pointed the finger at Alexander Bradley, a close friend of Hernandez who was with him the night of the shootings.
Hernandez also was acquitted last week of shooting Bradley in the face months later to try to silence him as a witness.
About six weeks after Furtado and de Abreu were killed, Hernandez signed a five-year, $40 million contract with the Patriots and went on to play another season before Lloyd was killed.
He was cut from the team shortly after he was arrested in Lloyd’s killed in June 2013. He was not charged in the 2012 killings until 2014.
In his first trial, jurors deliberated for 36 hours over seven days before convicting him of murder. Jurors in the trial that concluded Friday took about 37 hours.