Hernandez Formally Sentenced to Life in Prison Without Parole for Murder

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FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) - Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez formally sentenced to life in prison without parole for murder.

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) - Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has been found guilty of first-degree murder.

A Massachusetts jury on Wednesday found Hernandez killed Odin Lloyd on June 17, 2013. Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. He was found shot six times in an industrial park less than a mile from Hernandez's home.

At the time, Hernandez had a $40 million contract with the Patriots.

Hernandez's lawyer acknowledged during closing arguments that he was there when Lloyd was killed. But he pinned the shooting on Hernandez's two friends, saying his client was a 23-year-old kid who didn't know what to do.

Prosecutors said Hernandez planned the killing and then helped cover it up.

The conviction carries a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Here's how the jury deliberations stack up against some other notable murder trials:

Jurors in the 8 ½-month-long murder trial in 1995 deliberated for less than four hours before finding the former football star, broadcaster and actor not guilty of killing his ex-wife and her friend.

Still one of the nation's most infamous killers, Manson was convicted in 1971 after jurors deliberated for 42 hours over nine days. He and three co-defendants were convicted of a series of killings in the Los Angeles area, including that of actress Sharon Tate.

Deliberations lasted 30 hours before jurors found the music producer guilty of second-degree murder in 2009 in the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson. His first trial, in 2007, resulted in a mistrial after the jury could not reach a unanimous verdict.

Blake, an actor known for starring in the 1970s detective drama "Baretta," was acquitted in 2005 of killing his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, after jurors spent nine days deliberating.

Jurors deliberated for around an hour before acquitting Borden of the ax murders of her father and stepmother in a sensational trial in 1893. The killings happened in Fall River, Massachusetts, in a home directly across the street from the courthouse where the Hernandez trial has taken place.

Kennedy cousin Skakel was convicted in 2002, following three days of deliberations, for the 1975 killing of his neighbor Martha Moxley when they were both 15. In 2013, Skakel was released from prison after a judge granted him a new trial. Prosecutors are appealing the decision, and no date for the new trial has been set.