Aaron Hernandez didn’t waste any time establishing a presence in the prison where he eventually hanged himself in the middle of the night.
The former New England Patriots tight end was involved in 12 incidents and accrued 78 disciplinary offenses over the course of his nearly two years behind bars at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Lancaster, Mass. Disciplinary records show that Hernandez committed 25 violations over an eight-day span in May 2015 following his first-degree murder conviction for the killing of Odin Lloyd, according to USA Today. Hernandez allegedly took part in a fight and served as a lookout in that span.
“You ain’t got (expletive) on me (expletive),” Hernandez told corrections officers after his first prison fight. “You just making up (expletive).”
Later in 2015, Hernandez was charged with possession of a nearly six-inch piece of metal that had been sharpened into a knife. It had a cloth handle and tether so it could be attached to the wrist. Hernandez received 15 days in solitary confinement — the maximum allowed under state guidelines. He also lost access to the facility’s canteen for 90 days.
Hernandez, 27, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility for parole on April 15, 2015. Jurors found him guilty of pumping six bullets into Lloyd less than a mile from Hernandez’s house in North Attleborough, Mass.
While in prison, Hernandez added a neck tattoo — “LIFETIME” — before making his next court appearance for a pre-trial hearing in his double homicide case for allegedly killing Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.
Plenty of legal wrangling is to be done in Hernandez’s wake. A Massachusetts judge threw out Hernandez’s murder conviction Tuesday morning, just over three weeks after Hernandez hanged himself from a window in his cell No. 57 of the G2 housing unit. Judge E. Susan Garsh ruled that since Hernandez had not exhausted the appeals process in his murder case, his status reverted to presumed innocence in death as it had been at the start of his case. Hernandez was arrested on June 26, 2013 and spent nearly two years in jail prior to standing trial. The Patriots cut Hernandez immediately after he was arrested.
Bristol County (Mass.) Sheriff Thomas Hodgson has called Hernandez a “master manipulator.”
Hernandez was discovered dangling naked by a bed sheet noose shortly after 3 a.m. on April 19, five days after Hernandez was acquitted of the double homicide in Boston.
He is survived by his fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, and four-year-old daughter Avielle.
Hernandez’s estate, which is headed by his fiancée, faces three wrongful death lawsuits.