I'm not sure of Massachusetts law, but I thought
by tf86 (2017-04-19 17:40:43)

In reply to: The cruelest irony is that because of Hernandez's death  posted by ShermanOaksND

That once he had been sentenced, then it became a conviction. Maybe the fact that the appeal was pending meant that the conviction wasn't yet final.

Ken Lay, who died after he was found guilty but before he was sentenced, is perhaps a textbook example of a conviction being vacated due to death.