Ernest Wallace, the man who police say was with Aaron Hernandez the night he shot and killed his friend, Odin Lloyd, was found not guilty of the murder charge itself but was convicted of being an accessory to the act. Hernandez as you already know is serving life in prison after he was convicted last year.


Judge E. Susan Garsh, who previously heard Hernandez’s murder trial in the same courtroom, sentenced Wallace to serve 4 1/2 to 7 years in state prison, per the Bristol County District Attorney. Prosecutors recommended the maximum sentence of seven years.

Prosecutors made clear that Wallace was with Hernandez in the early morning hours of June 17, 2013 when Hernandez drove Lloyd to an undeveloped section of an industrial park in North Attleborough, Mass. Hernandez then pumped six bullets into Lloyd and left him to die.

Hernandez still has to stand trial for a double murder he allegedly committed in Boston, which is expected to start later this year.