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Apr 15, 2015 10:45 AM

Ex-Patriots star Aaron Hernandez sentenced to life in prison without parole

The Associated Press

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

He was found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Odin Lloyd earlier Wednesday morning.

The younger sister of Lloyd said writing her brother's eulogy was the hardest thing she's ever done.

Olivia Thibou spoke Wednesday before Hernandez was formally sentenced to life in prison without parole for fatally shooting her 27-year-old brother, Odin Lloyd, in June 2013. Hernandez was convicted earlier Wednesday of first-degree murder.

Thibou called Wednesday a great day but also "an awful painful day."

She says her brother was a good man, very careful, and never picked up guns. She says: "And this is how he died."

Hernandez briefly looked back at the assembled media as Thibou spoke about Lloyd.

The mother of the man killed by former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez says she forgives anyone who hand a hand in her son's death.

Ursula Ward gave a victim impact statement Wednesday after Hernandez was convicted of killing her son, Odin Lloyd, in June 2013.

She says she felt her heart stop beating for a moment on the day she laid Lloyd to rest. She says, "I felt like I wanted to go into the hole with my son."

The rest of Lloyd's family wept and dropped their heads as Ward spoke.

Two other people have also been charged in Lloyd's death. They will be tried separately.

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