As you know, on Wednesday morning, former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez died in his jail cell by hanging himself from a blanket sheet. Though Hernandez was serving a life sentence for murder, his death could land his family million over the course of the coming years.
According to the Boston Globe, according to a law know as” abatement ab initio,” there is a good chance that the guilty verdict Hernandez received during the Odin Lloyd murder trial in 2015 could be voided.
Under the law, since he Hernandez died before he was able to appeal the guilty verdict, and it means that in the court’s eyes, Hernandez died as an innocent man since all of the legal proceedings connected to his murder conviction didn’t happen before he did.
So what does that mean exactly?
Because technically Hernadez was “innocent,” his family could get millions.
After Hernandez was convicted of murder, the Patriots cut off all payments that were still owed to Hernandez under the final contract he signed with the team in 2012. As of 2013, the team owed Hernandez $3.25 million in bonus money and $2.5 million in guaranteed salary. That doesn’t include pension he would have received.
On Wednesday, attorney Michael Coyne argued that Hernandez’s estate might be able to get its hands on that money since the NFL and the Patriots would no longer have a legal reason to hold onto it in light of his death.
Yeah, that’s right.
Because he killed himself before he could appeal, he’s technically innocent.
“The question is then: If he’s no longer criminally liable, has he violated the provisions of any of his contractual terms?And you know, where there’s money like this involved, the lawyers will have a field day.”
I’ll keep you posted on this as soon as we know more.