Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez acquitted in 2012 double slaying

While he beat most of the charges against him, however, Hernandez was found guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm, which likely result in another 3 to five years being added to his sentence.

Prosecutors also charged Mr Hernandez for shooting Mr Bradley in the face prior to his testimony in an effort to silence him. Depicting a gun barrel loaded with five bullets and a spent shell casing, prosecutors said it represented the five bullets the shooter fired at the victims.

Witnesses say a tearful Hernandez embraced his legal team when the jury read the verdict.

And Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley's office gambled heavily by relying on Bradley, a convicted felon and Hernandez's former friend, as its star witness.

Two years ago, Hernandez was jailed for life without parole for murdering Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro footballer, in June 2013. Bradley also testified that he was the driver of the auto in which Hernandez allegedly killed de Abreu and Furtado and was getting immunity. As a result, he was sentenced to an additional four to five years in prison. Bradley lost his right eye.

Hernandez leaned across Bradley and fired five shots into the other auto, Bradley testified.

"That killer took pleasure in what he did that night", Patrick Haggan, the lead prosecutor in the case, said.

"We based our decision on the evidence presented and the law", Stringer said.

Prosecutors introduced evidence at trial that Hernandez got a tattoo that memorialized the double saying.

He was acquitted Friday of murder, armed assault with intent to murder and other charges in the 2012 slayings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.

Hernandez already is serving life in the 2013 killing of a man who was dating his fiancee's sister.

Authorities said Hernandez fired five shots from a revolver into the auto carrying de Abreu and Furtado.

Jurors, who began deliberations last Friday, were instructed not to consider Hernandez's prior conviction.

  • Julie Sanders