Aaron Hernandez pal pleads guilty to accessory in murder

FILE - In this July 13, 2015 file photo, Carlos Ortiz, co-defendant of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, sits with his defense attorney John Connors during a motion to dismiss hearing at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass. On Monday, June 27, 2016, Ortiz pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact for his part in the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd. In return, prosecutors dropped murder charges against him. Hernandez was convicted of killing Lloyd in 2015. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, Pool, File)
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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 fiance'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.

This story has been corrected to show Carlos Ortiz's lawyers will be in Bristol County Superior Court in Massachusetts, not Bristol Superior Court in Connecticut.