Friend of Aaron Hernandez pleads guilty to accessory in murder

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) – A friend of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact for his part in a 2013 murder.

Hernandez was convicted in Massachusetts last year of killing Odin Lloyd, who was dating his fiancé’s sister.

Carlos Ortiz changed his plea to guilty on Monday. In return, prosecutors dropped murder charges against him. He was sentenced to 4 1/2 to 7 years in prison.

Ortiz told the judge that Hernandez and Lloyd got out of the car together, he heard a shot, looked back and only Hernandez got back in.

Ortiz began to cry as he listened to Lloyd’s mother speak about how much she missed her son.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to a 2012 double murder in Boston.

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