Ever since Aaron Hernandez was arrested outside his house on June 26, 2013, the former New England Patriots tight end's future looked destined to be spent inside a prison cell.
Odin Lloyd, the man he has been found guilty killing, was found dead only a mile away from Hernandez's home.
Furthermore, Hernandez was said to have destroyed his home security system and turned over a battered phone of his to police.
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It is safe to say that from day one, Hernandez was fighting a losing battle. The revelation came on Tuesday that despite the fact that the prosecution presented no murder weapon, witnesses or motive, Hernandez has still been found guilty of first degree murder.
Even worse for Hernandez is the fact that he has been given a sentence that includes no parole. That's right, it is a true life sentence if ever there was one. Very brutal indeed.
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In the end it was the circumstantial evidence, which reports suggest was overwhelming, that forced the jury to convict Hernandez for the killing of Odin Lloyd.
"The prosecution presented no murder weapon, no witnesses, and no motive, but a wealth of circumstantial evidence that put Hernandez (and two other associates) with Lloyd on the night of June 17, 2013. They were aided by Massachusetts’s “joint venture” law, which means prosecutors weren’t required to prove that Hernandez was the one that pulled the trigger," Deadspin reported.
Even before Hernandez was convicted of murder, news outlets such as Pro Football Talk were tweeting live from court and ridiculing Hernandez's chances of being found not guilty.
Ray Lewis trends
Hernandez's conviction has rocketed the former Patriots tight end's name to the top of the trends on Twitter. And joining him in and amongst the most talked about people on social media is Ray Lewis.
The Baltimore Ravens legend faced a murder charge back in 2000 but managed to avoid being found guilty after reaching a plea deal. Safe to say that a lot of fans have drawn comparisons between the two stories today.
Hernandez still faces murder charges relating to the drive-by shooting of two men near a Boston nightclub in 2012.
What do you make of Hernandez's conviction? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
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