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On Wednesday, a Fall River, Massachusetts, jury -- after deliberating 35 hours over the course of seven days -- found the former New England patriots tight end guilty of first-degree murder, which carries a penalty of life without parole, as well as unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition.
Hernandez also faces murder charges in a 2012 double homicide. He has pleaded not guilty.
Just two years ago, he was one of the NFL's most promising tight ends, inking a $40-million contract extension with the New England Patriots.