Ernest Wallace, who was with Aaron Hernandez the night the former NFL star shot and killed Odin Lloyd, was found not guilty of murder. Wallace was, however, found guilty of being an accessory to the murder of Lloyd.
Wallace, who has been jailed since June 2013, was immediatley sentenced to 4½ to 7 years in prison. He will be credited with time served, meaning he could be out as soon as next year.
The verdict, handed down Thursday by a jury of 12 who began deliberations Wednesday, is a victory for Wallace.
From the get-go prosecutors acknowledged that Wallace didn't kill Lloyd; Hernandez did. But they argued that Wallace knew what was going down on the night of June 17, 2013.
On that night, Hernandez, Wallace and Carlos Ortiz drove to the home where Lloyd was staying, picked him up, then drove to an abandoned field in North Attleboro, Mass., where Hernandez shot Lloyd multiple times.
District Attorney William McCauley pointed to 34 phone communications between Wallace and Hernandez inRead More »from Aaron Hernandez friend: not guilty of murder, guilty of accessory