Today brought news that Aaron Hernandez, former tight end for the New England Patriots, had been convicted on all counts for the murder of Odin Lloyd.
The first-degree murder conviction carries a sentence of life imprisonment without parole. As such, Hernandez left the court room today knowing he will spend the rest of his life in prison after jurors found him guilty of shooting dead the boyfriend of his fiancée's sister in 2013.
Quirk in sentence
But, whilst Aaron Hernandez will never play in the NFL again, a strange quirk of fate concerning his sentence means the former Patriot will never be too far away from the place he called home between 2010-2012.
You see, Hernandez is set to begin life behind bars in the Massachusetts Correctional Institution located in Cedar Junction. This just so happens to be no more than two miles (as the crow flies) from the New England Patriots' Gillette Stadium.
Described by the Boston Globe as smelling "like formaldehyde on hot days", the Cedar Junction facility is a very different environment to the plush locker rooms in Foxboro. The same publication describing how inmates live alongside at least one other prisoner in a cramped cell, sharing the same toilet.
Such is the proximity between the two facilities, and such is the noise generated by fans cheering on the reigning Super Bowl champs, that it isn't inconceivable to think that Hernandez may very well be able to hear the next time one of his former teammates gets into the end zone for a touchdown. A constant reminder of the bad choices he made during the past two years.
With the jurors reaching their verdict today Aaron Hernandez knows he has been convicted on one charge of first-degree murder. There could yet be more to come for the 25-year-old who has 18 NFL touchdowns to his name.
Hernandez is set to stand trial again later this year in a charge relating to the deaths, by shooting, of two men - Daniel Abreu and Safirdo Furtado.
This all a far cry from the $41 million contract signed by Aaron Hernandez not long before his arrest back in 2013.
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