Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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Gun-running arrest linked to Hernandez

BOSTON — An associate of former Patriots and Gators tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested in a gun trafficking investigation related to the murder case against Hernandez.

Oscar Hernandez Jr., 23, of Orlando — no relation to Aaron Hernandez — was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Boston on charges of obstruction of justice, witness tampering and lying under oath. He appeared Thursday in federal court in Orlando, where a magistrate judge ordered him detained pending his transfer to Boston to face charges.

Aaron Hernandez and two other men are charged in the June 17 shooting death of Odin Lloyd, a semipro football player found dead in an industrial park about a mile from Aaron Hernandez's North Attleborough, Mass., home.

The indictment against Oscar Hernandez says a grand jury in Massachusetts began investigating the transporting of guns from Florida to Massachusetts after the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — at the request of Massachusetts State Police — traced three guns that had been recovered during the investigation of Lloyd's killing. The ATF determined that all three were purchased in Florida in April 2013.

Massachusetts officials have said they have been unable to find the gun used to kill Lloyd, which they've identified as a .45-caliber Glock. None of the three guns mentioned in Oscar Hernandez's indictment is a .45-caliber Glock.

The indictment says one of the three weapons — a rifle — was found in a gray Toyota Camry with Florida license plates that was parked in the garage of a residence in North Attleborough. The indictment doesn't identify the owner of the home, but Massachusetts State Police have said that five days after Lloyd's killing, they seized an FEG 7.62 mm rifle from a gym bag in a Toyota sedan parked inside Aaron Hernandez's garage, according to court records in his case.

Aaron Hernandez's lawyers have said a man identified as Oscar Hernandez was interviewed by law enforcement on June 27, 2013, 10 days after Lloyd died.

The new indictment accuses Oscar Hernandez of lying to the grand jury when he denied purchasing the Camry and arranging for it to be sent from Florida to the home in North Attleborough.

If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison on the witness tampering charge, up to 10 years on obstruction of justice and up to five years on the false testimony charges.

He's back, sort of: Former NFL star Chad Johnson, 36, will make his return to the field in the Canadian Football League. The receiver and Miami native signed a two-year deal with the Montreal Alouettes after impressing team officials at a minicamp in Vero Beach. He last appeared in an NFL game during the 2011 season with New England. Johnson, who once changed his last name to Ochocinco, spent most of his 11 NFL seasons with the Bengals.

McNabb arrest: Former quarterback Donovan McNabb was released from a Mesa, Ariz., jail after serving a one-day sentence for a DUI arrest. Records released by West Mesa Justice Court show McNabb, 37, served his time Wednesday and was released the next day. He was arrested Dec. 15 on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community east of Phoenix, according to records. McNabb was stopped after radar clocked his Range Rover at 81 mph in a 65 zone, according to a copy of the citation. He also was cited for DUI, but no information about blood-alcohol level was listed. He pleaded guilty March 27, and nine days of his sentence was suspended.

Sharper case: Former safety Darren Sharper lost his bid to be released on bail in a sexual assault case after an Arizona judge found there's enough evidence to move forward with charges against him in that state. His lawyers had questioned the evidence authorities are using to justify keeping him in jail in California, where he faces separate charges that he drugged and raped two women in October.

Jaguars: Linebacker Russell Allen, who started 29 games the past two seasons, was released after he failed a physical.

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