New Book Details Aaron Hernandez’s Tumultuous Prison Life

January 12, 2018 Updated: January 12, 2018

Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez apparently wasn’t a model prisoner.

Hernandez was convicted and sentenced the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee. Several years later, he was found dead at the age of 27 in a Massachusetts prison cell where he was serving a life sentence. He had committed suicide by hanging himself.

A new book, “All-American Murder,” written by James Patterson, is slated for release, detailing the prison life of Hernandez.

“Tough. I’m built for this [expletive],” Hernandez apparently told the guards in one instance as they locked him in for the night, according to the New York Post. Then, Hernandez later exited his cell and approached Corrections Officer Kevin Sousa, who was escorting a shackled inmate down some stairs. Souza said Hernandez had a smile on his face, and when Souza told him to go back to his cell, Hernandez punched the inmate in the face.

Two officers then restrained him, and he turned to the punched inmate and told him: “Go ahead, run your mouth now.”

The inmate had told him: “I’m a Patriots fan,” referring to Hernandez’s former team.

“I don’t want to press charges against Hernandez, and you will never get me in court to testify,” the inmate told prison officials. According to the book, the inmate got the last word in, insulting Hernandez.

Aaron Hernandez #81 of the New England Patriots runs with the ball against Danieal Manning #38 of the Houston Texans during the 2013 AFC Divisional Playoffs game at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Elsa/Getty Images)
(Elsa/Getty Images)

Hernandez was charged with battery and assault, and for that, he got two weeks in solitary confinement.

“We were so worried about protecting him,” Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said, “we never thought that he would be the aggressor.”

In another instance, Hernandez got upset with the guards how they handled mail he received. They threatened to give him a disciplinary report. He replied, “I don’t give a [expletive] about no disciplinary report,” he said, adding that he’ll “eat” it.

They ended up giving him the report, and to their surprise, he ate it.

Yahoo News reported that of the 10 months Hernandez was in prison, he spent 120 days in solitary confinement.

Aaron Hernandez once had a promising career as a young tight end for the New England Patriots before being convicted of first-degree murder. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

According to the Yahoo report, citing the book: “Hernandez was sent a care package of two dozen honey buns in violation of prison policy; before officers could confiscate the buns, he ate 20 of them, saving the wrappers so he couldn’t be accused of passing them to other inmates. Guards denied his request to eat the last four.”

He also went on expletive-laden tirades against the guards a number of times, apparently making threats to kill one officer and his family if he got out of prison. “I did not say I was going to kill him or his family,” Hernandez later said. “I said if I see COs that act tough in jail, out of jail, I’m going to slap the [expletive] out of them.”

After his death, as The Associated Press reported, he was diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.

 

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