Although Aaron Hernandez is currently serving life in prison for murder, the former athlete finally caught a break in another murder case. After deliberating for nearly 35 hours over six days, a jury found the ex NFL tight end not guilty of double homicide Friday in a case surrounding a 2012 drive-by shooting.
“Prosecutors had been arguing that Hernandez had shot and killed both Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado back on July 16, 2012 following an altercation at a Boston club. They contend that an enraged Hernandez shot them after one of the men spilled a drink on him while he was dancing.
The victims’ families were in court today, and left in the middle of the verdict while crying uncontrollably. Hernandez was also acquitted of shooting his close friend, Alexander Bradley, in the face in what the prosecution alleged was an attempt to silence him. As a result of this shooting, Bradley lost his right eye.
Hernandez’s defense chipped away at the credibility of Bradley, and argued that it was in fact him who shot Abreu and Furtado in a drug deal gone wrong. Bradley is currently serving his own five-year prison stint for shooting at a Hartford, Connecticut club in 2014.”
While this verdict did come as good news to Hernandez, he didn’t get off that easy. The former Patriots player was convicted of a gun charge, adding an extra 4 to 5 years to his current life sentence for murdering semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.
Sadly, another five years probably won’t make too much of a difference for Hernandez.