FALL RIVER, Mass. — Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was found guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder and sentenced to serve a minimum of four years hard time on the West Point football team.
The sentence, carried out by Judge Susan Garsh (USMA ’74), would force the former NFL tight end to play for the U.S. Military Academy’s “Black Knights,” a move many academy grads hope would finally allow the team to defeat Navy after a crushing 117-year losing streak.
“Your honor, my client would rather just be put to death,” said Hernandez’ attorney, shortly after the sentence was read in court. He went on to say that such a sentence would qualify as cruel and unusual punishment.