Sheriff investigating after Aaron Hernandez involved in jail fight.
Aaron Hernandez, the former Florida Gator and New England Patriot player, has to spend 30 days in a special isolation cell after he attacked a fellow inmate at the Bristol County jail in Connecticut – and he will be in cuffs and leg chains every time he leaves his special confinement.
NECN, the New England cable news network, reported that Hernandez is “now locked in a cell behind a heavy black door, marked with ‘EE,’ in a special management area. He must stay there for 30 days, according to the Sheriff's Department."
Multiple media outlets are reporting that the inmate Hernandez attacked was wearing handcuffs, limiting his ability to defend himself against the former NFL player, who was not wearing restraints. Sources also say that Hernandez and inmate had been taunting each other before the attack occurred.
Sheriff Thomas Hodgson told NECN he’s “investigating it now to find out why two inmates would have been out at the same time in that unit."
"I'm not happy that there may have been a breakdown in our system and our protocols," he said.
NESN said that prior to the attack, Hernandez was able to eat meals in the jail cafeteria and to go outside for recreation uncuffed. Now, he’s lost those privileges.
“He has to be in cuffs, complete with a waist chain and leg irons every time he leaves his cell,” NESN reported.
NESN said Hernandez’s new confinement cell is “a small barren room, with bars on the windows, a double bunk bed, stainless steel toilet and a small sitting area.”
Hernandez has been charged with murder in the death of friend Odin Lloyd. He is awaiting trial after pleading not guilty.
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