Associate of ex-Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez jailed in Seminole Co., accused of lying to feds



ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - An associate of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been arrested on charges of obstruction of justice, witness tampering and lying to a federal grand jury.
Oscar Hernandez Jr., who is not related to Aaron Hernandez, was indicted Wednesday by a grand jury in Boston.

Agents from the U.S. Marshals Service in Orlando took Oscar Hernandez into custody Wednesday evening. He is being held in the Seminole County Jail, according to authorities.
Aaron Hernandez and two other men are charged in the June 17 shooting death of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who was found dead about a mile from Aaron Hernandez's North Attleborough home.

A federal indictment shows Oscar Hernandez, 23, is accused of lying to a federal grand jury in Massachusetts about whether he purchased a Toyota and shipped it to a home in North Attleborough, Mass., where the former Patriots tight end lived.

Oscar Hernandez is also accused of lying to a grand jury investigating the transportation of guns from Florida to Massachusetts. The inquiry was focused on three guns recovered in connection with Lloyd's death.
If convicted, he faces up to 20 years on the witness tampering charges; up to 10 years on the obstruction charges; and up to five years on the false testimony charges, officials with the U.S. Department of Justice said.

The indictment does not include any other full names except for Oscar Hernandez, who prosecutors said moved to Orlando about seven months ago, about five months after Lloyd's murder.

Oscar Hernandez is originally from Belle Glade in south Florida and has been working with youth services locally, authorities said.

Federal Magistrate Judge Karla Spauling would not set bond for him, because she said he apparently misrepresented that he had stopped using marijuana in 2010 when he had been charged twice after that with pot possession.