The Florida man federal prosecutors say was "hell-bent" on shipping guns to convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez has been sentenced to two years in federal prison.
Belle Glade resident Oscar Hernandez Jr. — who is not related to Aaron — pleaded guilty in January to three counts of lying to a grand jury and one count of obstruction of justice, one count of witness tampering, and one count of conspiracy to transfer a firearm from an unlicensed person whose residence is in a different state.
According to the feds, Aaron Hernandez, who was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Odin Lloyd, paid Oscar $15,000 to purchase the guns and have them shipped from Florida to Massachusetts. To do so, Oscar Hernandez purchased a Toyota Camry and hired someone to drive it and the guns to Aaron Hernandez's home outside of Boston.
Lloyd, who had been dating Aaron Hernandez's fiancée's sister, was shot six times in an industrial park near Hernandez's Massachusetts home in 2013.
Hernandez and two other men were with Lloyd in a rental car on the night of the murder. The men left a bar that night, and Hernandez went back home with the other two men but without Lloyd.
Investigators searched Hernandez's home and found forensic evidence that placed a vehicle driven by Hernandez at the scene of the crime.
Aaron's fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins, paid for the delivery of the guns from Florida to Massachusetts. The car was eventually placed inside Aaron Hernandez's garage. During their initial homicide investigation, authorities found three guns in the Camry, along with Aaron's palm print on one of the guns that killed Lloyd.
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In December 2013, Oscar Hernandez lied to a grand jury about his and others’ involvement in the gun-trafficking scheme. Prosecutors say he also obstructed justice by delaying the grand jury’s investigation and attempted to influence a witness’ testimony by repeatedly asking the witness to lie to protect him and others.
On Tuesday, Hernandez Jr.'s attorney asked U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young for a one-year sentence, which had already been served. But Young sided with prosecutors, noting that tampering with witnesses deserves a harsh sentence and that gun trafficking is an "extraordinarily dangerous and serious crime."
Oscar Hernandez Jr. is just another Florida link to the Aaron Hernandez murder trial. One of the men who was with Aaron on the night of the murder, Ernest Wallace, fled to Miramar following Lloyd's killing. Hernandez's defense eventually tried to pin the murder on Wallace and on the associate, Carlos Ortiz.
Meanwhile, the same week authorities began investigating Hernandez for Lloyd's murder, Hernandez had a federal civil lawsuit filed against him in the Southern District of Florida by a man named Alexander Bradley after Hernandez allegedly shot Bradley in the face after leaving Tootsie's Cabaret in Miami.