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Aaron Hernandez still facing 4-5 years for gun conviction

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As lawyer Jose Baez, fresh from winning an acquittal of former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez in a double-murder case, now hopes to overturn Hernandez’s prior murder conviction, with the goal of ultimately making Hernandez a free man. A separate aspect of Friday’s outcome complicates that process.

The verdict exonerating Hernandez on murder and witness intimidation charges included a conviction for the unlawful possession of a gun. The presiding judge sentenced Hernandez to four-to-five years in prison, separate and apart from his existing life sentence for killing Odin Lloyd.

So even if Baez can overturn the conviction on appeal and win an acquittal at the end of a second trial, Baez will have to figure out how to circumvent the new conviction.

If Baez somehow erases the Odin Lloyd conviction and secures a “not guilty” verdict the second time around, an argument could be made that he should get credit for the time spent behind bars through the date of an eventual acquittal. That said, if there’s any discretion to be exercised by the judge that makes the final decision — and if that judge personally believes Hernandez killed one, two, or three people — the discretion could be exercised in a way that results in Hernandez remaining in prison.

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36 Responses to “Aaron Hernandez still facing 4-5 years for gun conviction”
  1. ee00ee says: Apr 15, 2017 4:40 PM

    One step closer to that comeback!

  2. ketch20too says: Apr 15, 2017 4:54 PM

    I get that everyone deserves a defense lawyer, but I just don’t understand how some of them can not vomit in disgust when they look in the mirror.

  3. vancouversportsbro says: Apr 15, 2017 4:58 PM

    “He’s a real class individual, but I’ll take the guy with the DUI instead”

  4. maust1013 says: Apr 15, 2017 5:09 PM

    It would take a lot more to overcome the substantial evidence and testimony from the first trial than what it took to discredit the testimony of career criminal Bradley in this one. Just off the top the timeline, physical evidence and his own counsel putting him at the scene would make the alternative crime theory laughable.

  5. purpleguy says: Apr 15, 2017 5:18 PM

    Criminal conviction appeals following a trial with even marginally competent defense counsel are rarely successful. The new defense attorney can enjoy his 15 minutes of fame while Hernandez deservedly rots in prison for the next 50 years.

  6. buffalowned says: Apr 15, 2017 5:27 PM

    “I get that everyone deserves a defense lawyer, but I just don’t understand how some of them can not vomit in disgust when they look in the mirror.”

    It’s not a question of whether they deserve it. It’s a constitutional right and attorneys have an ethical duty to zealously advocate for their clients. Whether it was a high profile private attorney or a court appointed public defender, someone was going to try to get him acquitted. Plenty of lawyers don’t want to get into criminal defense because of the moral issues that often arise. But most that do go into that field are passionate about protecting their clients rights. And most are well aware that a large portion of society will frown upon their career choice. But it’s part of the job and it’s part of our justice system.

  7. mzew233 says: Apr 15, 2017 5:29 PM

    I am 100% enamored with this case now. If he gets an acquittal for the first one, we are entering a new era of controversy bigger than OJ.
    This guy will be set for the rest of his life, doing books, tv. Everything.

    The documentary about him will reach NFL level ratings. Baez will be able to charge $1m per case

  8. wib22 says: Apr 15, 2017 5:41 PM

    The patriot way!

  9. jimnaizeeum says: Apr 15, 2017 6:04 PM

    It’s not a question of whether they deserve it. It’s a constitutional right and attorneys have an ethical duty to zealously advocate for their clients.

    Some of their guilty clients (child molesters, rapists, murderers) would make most people vomit in disgust from representing this scum.

  10. stucats says: Apr 15, 2017 6:27 PM

    LOCK UP THE PIECE OF TURD FOR LIFE AND THROW AWAY THE KEY!

  11. wib22 says: Apr 15, 2017 7:00 PM

    patriot way = criminals, dui cheats and the biggest cheaters in history

  12. u4iadman says: Apr 15, 2017 7:41 PM

    Patriot way.

  13. inyourmind says: Apr 15, 2017 8:22 PM

    wib=chippy

  14. intrafinesse says: Apr 15, 2017 8:36 PM

    It really sucks when dirt bags like Aaron Hernandez escape justice and go free.
    It sucks even worse when innocent people go to prison and are exhonerated many years later.

    When I first started working, these punks raped and beat this jogger in central park. They served many years in prison, way more than 20. Turns out they were framed by a detective who made up evidence. There was a lot of pressure to convict these obviously guilty punks, so teh cops made up some extra evidence.

    What is worse, for a triple murderer to get away with it or for several kids to spend more than 20 years in prison for something they didn’t do?

    Both are horrible.
    The justice system misses on both ends.

  15. connorjr says: Apr 15, 2017 8:43 PM

    Not sure how he is not given 2nd degree at minimum since defense seemed to admit he was there but that it was Bradley who did the shooting. If was there and never reported Bradley then he should be serving time for that right? What the F.
    That scum bag lawyer better not get him off on the first conviction as Aaron is a low life punk and is now right where he belongs

  16. davew128 says: Apr 15, 2017 9:11 PM

    connorjr says:
    Apr 15, 2017 8:43 PM
    Not sure how he is not given 2nd degree at minimum since defense seemed to admit he was there but that it was Bradley who did the shooting. If was there and never reported Bradley then he should be serving time for that right?
    ———————————
    Put the beer down and stop pretending you understand the law. Not reporting a crime isn’t a crime. Being at the scene of a crime isn’t a crime.

  17. realtruthteller100 says: Apr 15, 2017 9:18 PM

    ” unlawful possession of a gun” ? its called the SECOND AMMENDMENT folks. as a law abiding citizen (found inccoent of more murders then guilty) aaron has the right to own as many guns as necesary. i dont see what all the fuss is about.

  18. orangeraider says: Apr 15, 2017 9:19 PM

    Big deal
    4-5 for a weapons conviction.
    He got off a murder rap

  19. factpurveyor says: Apr 15, 2017 9:26 PM

    wib22 says:
    Apr 15, 2017 7:00 PM

    patriot way = criminals, dui cheats and the biggest cheaters in history
    ————————————————————-

    As if flowing from an inexhaustible reservoir of stupidity, patriot detractors are often seen posting the same lame and tired “cheating” nonsense.

  20. factpurveyor says: Apr 15, 2017 9:29 PM

    wib22 says:
    Apr 15, 2017 7:00 PM

    patriot way = criminals, dui cheats and the biggest cheaters in history

    ——————————————————-
    Starting to look like an unhealthy obsession.

  21. Packernet says: Apr 15, 2017 9:45 PM

    And I care about this how?

  22. maust1013 says: Apr 15, 2017 9:56 PM

    realtruthteller100 says:
    Apr 15, 2017 9:18 PM
    ” unlawful possession of a gun” ? its called the SECOND AMMENDMENT folks. as a law abiding citizen (found inccoent of more murders then guilty) aaron has the right to own as many guns as necesary.
    ===========================

    Not in Massachusetts, at least not without an FID and a carry permit.

  23. mrboado says: Apr 15, 2017 10:03 PM

    buffalowned says:

    “It’s not a question of whether they deserve it. It’s a constitutional right and attorneys have an ethical duty to zealously advocate for their clients. Whether it was a high profile private attorney or a court appointed public defender, someone was going to try to get him acquitted…”

    High priced lawyers like Baez charge hundreds of thousands of dollars. The reason why they charge so much is because they have more resources than public defenders.

    A public defender with an unmanageable case load could have taken the case, lost the case, and Hernandez could have gotten multiple guilty charges. That doesn’t automatically mean he is completely guilty.

    AND just because Baez got an acquittal does not automatically mean that Hernandez is innocent. Just means that Baez is really good at his job. That is the irony of our justice system.

    The wealthy have an advantage when it comes to the legal system. Just the simple truth.

  24. factpurveyor says: Apr 15, 2017 10:16 PM

    realtruthteller100 says:
    Apr 15, 2017 9:18 PM

    ” unlawful possession of a gun” ? its called the SECOND AMMENDMENT folks. as a law abiding citizen (found inccoent of more murders then guilty) aaron has the right to own as many guns as necesary. i dont see what all the fuss is about.

    ————————————————————-
    The the 2nd amendment may be infringed upon in MA.

    Doesn’t MA force gun manufacturers to donate many guns to the state or else they keep the guns off a list of guns that MA residents can purchase?

    Doesn’t MA limit the capacity of magazines?

    Doesn’t MA also require that guns be loud enough to cause hearing loss?

  25. maust1013 says: Apr 15, 2017 10:27 PM

    Packernet says:
    Apr 15, 2017 9:45 PM
    And I care about this how?
    =================

    You tell us, you’re the one that clicked on an article about it.

  26. 400marios says: Apr 15, 2017 10:31 PM

    This guy is never getting out of prison. The cases were two totally different circumstances. This lawyer is prolly just trying to make a name for himself

  27. bradygirl12 says: Apr 15, 2017 10:46 PM

    Fake tears…nice touch,Aaron,but no one is buying it except for the dummies who acquitted you. You killed 3 people in cold blood (that we know of) without one shred of remorse. Just remember what they say about “karma”,because you will get yours some day. I hope you lose every appeal that your scumbag lawyer files for you,and I hope you burn in hell when your time comes.

  28. bradygirl12 says: Apr 15, 2017 10:59 PM

    realtruthteller100 says:
    Apr 15, 2017 9:18 PM

    ” unlawful possession of a gun” ? its called the SECOND AMMENDMENT folks. as a law abiding citizen (found inccoent of more murders then guilty) aaron has the right to own as many guns as necesary. i dont see what all the fuss is about.

    ________________

    Yeah,when you’re a gang banger who goes around killing anyone who who looks at you the wrong way,owning many guns is necessary. He was found not guilty,which is not the same as being found innocent. Not Guilty means the jury found reasonable doubt to convict him. I have been seated on 3 juries in my life. I followed this case. I would have voted to convict him. I absolutely believe that he did those murders,and probably more. And all the fuss? Ask the victims’s families about all the fuss.

  29. gojuplyr says: Apr 15, 2017 11:14 PM

    If (bif if) he would get a new trial and be found not guilty on the Lloyd murder, he would have to be credited for time served. The case on that is from the mid to late 70s. It is not discretionary.

    Not easy to get an Appellate Court to set aside a jury decision. There is going to have to be a showing that Hernandez’s rights were violated or that evidence was false, etc.

  30. decapitateme says: Apr 16, 2017 1:08 AM

    Baez is working on a plea deal. Shortened sentence in exchange for the Pats Cheat Playbook.

  31. irishjugalo says: Apr 16, 2017 8:14 AM

    I’ve never met a Florida Gator that I liked.

  32. namriverrat69 says: Apr 16, 2017 8:40 AM

    Why waste the time and money on this trial? He is already serving a life sentence without parole.

  33. upyoursnfu says: Apr 16, 2017 8:41 AM

    Give him the chair!

  34. section310 says: Apr 16, 2017 9:54 PM

    He’s a bad dude. No doubt he killed people over something as stupid as a spilled drink….

    Lock him up.

  35. ksiner says: Apr 17, 2017 11:54 AM

    Correct me if I’m wrong but you don’t just get a “do over” because you’re a high priced scumbag lawyer who gets guilty people off, there has to be something to appeal such as an error on the judges part etc. Sorry, no appeal, you gangbanging fuktard clients stays where in belongs… in a cage

  36. silvernblacksabbath says: Apr 20, 2017 10:39 AM

    FAKE

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