Below is a picture one of my editors, Jon Hill, took in Woburn Superior Court this afternoon. It is of Ariel Hernandez, 24, of Lowell.
Why is he smirking?
Hernandez was just sentenced to three life sentences. Two of those life sentences come with no chance for parole, and must be served consecutively.
Unless his convictions are overturned, Mr. Hernandez will die in prison. Keep smiling pal.
Hernandez was convicted by a jury of two counts of first degree murder, two counts of armed robbery, armed home invasion, possession of a firearm without an FID, and illegal possession of ammunition, in connection with a botched home invasion at 7 Marshall Terrace, in Lowell, on Oct. 23, 2009.
He was convicted by a jury on Monday of being the shooter who killed Luis “Toni” Delgado, 34, the father of a boy who is now 16-years-old; and Hector Delgado, 37, a father of two. Hector’s daughter hadn’t even been born yet when her father was shot to death.
The armed robbery counts were because he was also convicted of robbing two women on White Street at gunpoint just hours before the murders.
Judge Thomas Billings admitted that serving two life sentences consecutively will not have real effect – Hernandez will die in prison regardless – but Billings said the sentence was symbolic.
“It won’t make a difference, but I do think it’s important to recognize that two lives were taken, and that can only be done symbolically with consecutive sentences,” Billings said.
In addition to the life sentences, Hernandez will serve two sentences of 9 to 12 years for armed robbery; a sentence of 4 to 5 years for possession of a firearm without an FID, and a 2 year sentence in the Billerica House of Correction for illegal possession of ammunition.
Have a nice life Hernandez. Rest in Peace Hector and Toni.