NORTH ATTLEBORO — Speculation that Aaron Hernandez’s North Attleboro home was sold quickly fell to the wayside this month — but when the $1.3 million estate is finally off the market, the town will be the first to get a check, town officials said.
The town is seeking over $93,000 in back taxes from the former New England Patriots player.
Town Treasurer Christopher Sweet said the past-due funds on Hernandez’s Westwood Estates home off Landry Avenue stretch back to 2014, just two years after he purchased the home for $1.3 million in 2012.
A town list of delinquent taxpayers lists Hernandez with a debt of $17,640 for the property at 22 Ronald C. Meyer Drive. A separate owner under the entity Avy Jay LLC is charged with $75,259 at the same property.
The LLC is registered under Hernandez’s name with a Columbus, Ohio address.
Sweet said several bills sent to the LLC have gone unanswered, though the estate is up to date on water, sewer and electric payments.
The home is now in tax title status and a lien on the property must be paid before it can be sold, Sweet said, protecting the town and ensuring it will someday see the money owed. In doing so, the town would be the first to get a check in any impending sale.
But, despite rumors last month that an offer to buy the property was on the table, Sweet said his office has not seen any indication that money is on the way.
Hernandez’s estate first went up for sale in March 2016 at an asking price of $1.5 million for the five bedroom, seven bathroom home. In June 2016, the price was slashed to $1.3 million.
The former NFL player was living in the North Attleboro home with his fiancee and daughter when police say he killed semi-pro player Odin Lloyd less than half a mile away at the North Attleboro Industrial Park in 2013.
Video surveillance of Hernandez holding a gun in the front hallway of the home less than 10 minutes after the murder was key in his prosecution.
He was serving a life without parole sentence for the murder when he hanged himself in his prison cell last month, just days after the 27-year-old was acquitted of a 2012 double murder in Boston.
The 2013 conviction was later overturned by a judge under an old legal principle that holds when a defendant dies before their appeal is heard, their convictions should be vacated.
Still, money from any estate sale could go to Lloyd’s family as his mother, Ursula Ward, awaits a wrongful death decision against Hernandez in civil court.
Ward’s attorney Douglas Sheff said the civil suit is still very much alive, despite Hernandez’s overturned criminal conviction last month.
“We’re very confident that justice will prevail,” he said, noting that the family is fighting for damages on three accounts in the wrongful death suit. “That could very well include proceeds from the house but that’s up to the court to decide.”
The property is still listed on Zillow for $1.3 million.