BOSTON (CBS) — Despite last week’s sentencing of Aaron Hernandez to life in prison without the possibility of parole, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley says he’ll still prosecute the former New England Patriots player for a South End double murder.

Hernandez is accused of killing two men, Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado, after they bumped into him and spilled a drink in July 2012.

“They deserve our full and best efforts for vindication of them and the terrible tragedy that their family suffered,” Conley told WBZ-TV political analyst Jon Keller. “We intend to speak for them in court, regardless of what happened in Bristol.”

Daniel de Abreu (left) and Safiro Furtado (right).

Daniel de Abreu (left) and Safiro Furtado (right).

Violent crime has been in the headlines recently because of the Hernandez trial and Boston Marathon bombing case, but Conley said the overall picture is improving compared to past decades.

“Homicide is way down in our city,” Conley said. “Thankfully, I think there’s less sociopathic and remorseless killers.”

Conley also discussed his views on the death penalty and why he’s opposed to doing away with minimum mandatory sentencing laws.

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