(NBC NEWS) Aaron Hernandez was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder in the late-night shooting of a man in an industrial park near his home — a verdict that completed a staggering fall for one of the NFL's most promising stars.
Hernandez, 25, a former tight end for the New England Patriots, appeared to shake his head slightly as the verdict was read. He was also convicted of gun charges in the June 2013 killing of the man, Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancée and who was shot six times.
The verdict carries an automatic sentence of life without parole. It came on the seventh day of deliberations in Fall River, Massachusetts. The Associated Press reported that Hernandez's mother and fiancée cried and gasped when the verdict was read in court.
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