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Aaron Hernandez reportedly threatened to kill jail officer

Aaron HernandezWhen Aaron Hernandez was first sent to the Bristol County House of Corrections and charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd, we heard nothing but positive stories about the way he had been behaving. That hasn’t been the case lately.

On Tuesday, TMZ reported that Hernandez is being investigated for allegedly threatening to shoot and kill a Bristol County jail officer late last year. An ex-inmate who used to share a cell near the former New England Patriots tight end was recently asked about an alleged incident during which Hernandez tried to score some extra food.

According to the report, investigators asked the ex-inmate if Hernandez threatened to kill the guard, said anything about shooting his family, or ever made a noise like a “machine gun round” toward the guard. The ex-inmate allegedly said Hernandez did not threaten the guard but did call him a “bitch” during one heated argument.

In addition, the ex-inmate said that Hernandez was losing a lot of weight in jail and would often try to pull off schemes to get extra food. For example, he said the 24-year-old would eat half of his meal and then put an insect on his plate in an attempt to get a fresh serving. The ex-inmate said Hernandez angered officers by trying to pull the stunts “one too many times.”

Less than two months ago, Hernandez allegedly beat up an inmate who was wearing handcuffs. He was scheduled to be placed in solitary confinement for 30 days after that incident. It’s starting to sound more and more like the former NFL star has not been the model inmate.

Aaron Hernandez to be kept in special isolation for 30 days after fight

Aaron HernandezAaron Hernandez has been kept in solitary confinement since he was arrested and sent to Bristol County House of Corrections over the summer, but he was apparently not as lonely as he could have been. After allegedly beating up a fellow inmate who was wearing handcuffs earlier this week, the former New England Patriots tight end will get to experience true isolation.

On Wednesday, NECN was given an exclusive tour of the more restrictive cell Hernandez will be confined to for at least the next 30 days as a result of the altercation. Hernandez will now have to remain in the cell, which is similar to the one he has been in all along, for 23 hours a day.

It was previously reported that Hernandez was kept in solitary confinement because of his high-profile nature. He was allowed to come out of his cell a few times a day to eat meals by himself in the cafeteria and get some fresh air in an outdoor 12-foot by 8-foot enclosure. Now, he will have to eat his meals in his cell. When he leaves, he will have to be in handcuffs, a waist chain and leg irons at all times.

In other words, Hernandez is being punished. He was reportedly not in handcuffs at the time he attacked another inmate, and Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said officials are investigating how he came into contact with another prisoner.

“We’re investigating it now to find out why two inmates would have been out at the same time in that unit,” he said. “I’m not happy that there may have been a breakdown in our system and our protocols.”

Hernandez and the other inmate had reportedly been taunting each other in the days leading up to the fight. For at least the next month, the 24-year-old will have no one to taunt or be taunted by.

Report: Inmate Aaron Hernandez beat up was in handcuffs

Aaron HernandezFormer New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez reportedly got into a fight with another inmate on Tuesday and beat him up “pretty badly.” It is unclear what started the fight, though TMZ reported that the guy Hernandez attacked was harassing him nonstop. He also may have been unable to defend himself.

On Thursday, TMZ reported that the inmate Hernandez attacked was wearing handcuffs at the time of the altercation. Sources reportedly told TMZ that the victim, who had been talking smack to Hernandez, could “barely defend himself” from Hernandez’s “brutal” assault.

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said the fight — if you can call it that with one dude in handcuffs — lasted less than a minute.

Jail officials are still investigating how Hernandez even got to the point where he was allegedly walking down a hallway and able to go after another inmate. Hernandez has been kept away from the general prison population since he got to Bristol County House of Corrections because of his high-profile status. After what happened on Wednesday, he’s probably going to remain in solitary confinement for a long time.

Aaron Hernandez reportedly attacked another inmate

Aaron HernandezAaron Hernandez has managed to keep a relatively low profile since he was arrested and sent to Bristol County House of Corrections over the summer, but that changed on Tuesday when TMZ reported that Hernandez attacked a fellow inmate.

Hernandez, who has been kept in solitary confinement while behind bars, was apparently allowed to walk down an isolated hallway at some point on Tuesday. TMZ’s sources say he somehow came in contact with another inmate during that time and decided to attack him. Hernandez reportedly beat up the other prisoner “pretty badly.”

Hernandez and the other inmate are said to have been “beefing” all day long, with the victim harassing Hernandez nonstop and angering him.

The story is bizarre given how adamant officials have allegedly been about keeping Hernandez separated from other inmates. He was not even allowed to watch the Patriots games during the playoffs because that would require watching TV with his peers.

There’s likely more to the story, and we’ll pass it along when we get it.

Police believe Aaron Hernandez may have been shooter in 2012 double murder

Aaron HernandezAs former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez awaits trial for the murder of Odin Lloyd, investigators may be in the process of building a case against him for an entirely separate crime. Back in July, we learned that prosecutors were pushing to charge Hernandez for a double murder that took place outside a Boston nightclub in 2012. Court documents that were released on Thursday confirmed that.

According to Wesley Lowery of the Boston Globe, new court documents show that investigators have been making an effort to link Hernandez to the 2012 double murder. They even wrote that there is “probable cause to believe that Aaron Hernandez was operating the suspect vehicle used in the shooting homicides of Daniel Abreau and Safiro Furtado, and may have been the shooter.”

Shortly after Hernandez was arrested and charged with the murder of Lloyd, a silver SUV that may have been linked to the 2012 murders was seized from his uncle’s home in Bristol, Conn. A search warrant affidavit that was unsealed by a Connecticut judge on Thursday showed that police sought to search and analyze that vehicle. Investigators were hoping to find gunshot residue and a duffle bag that they believed contained the clothes Hernandez was seen on a surveillance camera wearing the night of the shooting.

A few months ago, surveillance footage that was recovered reportedly showed Hernandez inside a club with the murder victims just hours before they were killed. The murder weapon that was used was also reportedly found in the car of a woman from Hernandez’s hometown who was involved in a car crash back in June.

The new documents released Thursday also noted that a firearm was found in the Bristol home where the silver SUV was being stored, though it is unclear if the gun had any connection to Lloyd’s murder or the 2012 double murder.

While we still don’t have many answers, it seems pretty clear that Hernandez has more to worry about than his alleged involvement with Lloyd’s murder.

Aaron Hernandez not allowed to watch any Patriots games in jail

Aaron HernandezIf Aaron Hernandez is interested in finding out how his former team is faring in its quest for a Super Bowl trophy, he will have to learn via word of mouth. The general population at the Bristol County House of Correction was allowed to watch one hour of the AFC Divisional Round playoff game between the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Hernandez was not allowed to watch any.

Bristol Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson reminded the Boston Herald on Monday that Hernandez is housed in a special-management unit because he is a high-profile inmate. As a result, he is confined to his cell for 21 hours a day and not permitted to watch any television. No inmates get private TV time, and Hernandez is not allowed to be around other inmates.

“It’s jail,” Hodgson said, noting that Hernandez has requested to watch TV before and been denied. “It’s all about standards and sending a message.”

Hernandez is placed in an outdoor 12-foot by 8-foot enclosure three times a day for one hour. There is no equipment in the enclosure, so it’s basically just an opportunity to get some fresh air before he goes back to the cell.

It sounds like the 24-year-old’s former teammates are having a lot more fun than he is at the moment.

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Aaron Hernandez sued for wrongful death by family of Odin Lloyd

Aaron HernandezThe family of Odin Lloyd, the man who Aaron Hernandez has been charged with killing, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the former New England Patriots tight end. Hernandez is currently being held without bail after pleading not guilty to murder.

According to documents obtained by The Herald News in Fall River, Mass., the lawsuit alleges Hernandez “maliciously, willfully, wantonly, recklessly or by gross negligence caused Odin Lloyd to suffer personal injuries that directly resulted in his death.” The lawsuit does not specify how much the Lloyd family is seeking in compensatory and punitive damages, though it is believed the number exceeds the value of Hernandez’s $1.25 million home.

In other words, the Lloyd family is alleging that Hernandez’s behavior in some way resulted in the death of Odin Lloyd, whether the 24-year-old pulled the trigger or not. The family is also seeking a court order to block the Patriots from paying the roughly $3 million of Hernandez’s contract that he believes he is still owed, as well as a real estate attachment up to $5 million on Hernandez’s home that would prevent him from placing it beyond the court’s reach if damages are awarded.

Prosecutors have previously claimed that Hernandez orchestrated the June 17 shooting of Lloyd. The filing includes a search warrant affidavit that details the Lloyd murder investigation.

In related news, police are currently investigating the death of another woman with ties to Hernandez. A woman from Hernandez’s hometown of Bristol, Conn. named Tabitha Perry was found dead on Monday. She is the same woman who survived a car crash in June that killed Thaddeus Singleton III, another associate of Hernandez. In August, Hernandez’s uncle Robert Valentine died in a moped crash.

The first two incidents were ruled as accidents and police reportedly do not suspect any suspicious activity at this point in their investigation of Perry’s death.