Sheriff discusses what Aaron Hernandez was like in jail

By Bianca Buono

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Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said he never thought Aaron Hernandez would commit suicide.

"It was a bit of a shocker for me. I’ve always known Aaron Hernandez as somebody who was in complete control,” said Hodgson, hours after news broke that Hernandez was found hanged in his prison cell.

Hodgson met Hernandez back in August of 2013 just after Hernandez was arrested for the murder of Odin Lloyd. Hernandez was brought to the Bristol County House of Corrections where he would stay for the duration of the murder trial. Hodgson says he never showed signs of depression.

"He’s somebody who was very controlling around what he wanted you to know and what he didn’t want you to know. I do believe he had some sociopathic tendencies,” Hodgson said.

For 23 hours a day, Hernandez was held in the segregation unit of the jail. He was placed there because he was a high profile inmate. Hodgson says on frequent occasion, Hernandez would open up to the sheriff and often times talk about his father, who died when he was just 16 years old.

"He told me he had only visited his father’s grave site once because he couldn’t do that. I said you need to because you’ve built an emotional wall because of the hurt you felt,” said Hodgson.

Hodgson ultimately said goodbye to Hernandez and he moved to another prison; but Hodgson was watching last Friday and saw Hernandez burst into tears as he was acquitted in his double-murder trial. It was a show of emotion that Hodgson says was very unusual.

"This case may have been the very thing that got into the emotions he never wanted to deal with,” said Hodgson.

As for how Hernandez’s apparent suicide could have happened, Hodgson says typically the type of people who are successful in committing suicide in prison are those who don’t show the obvious indicators that correctional officers look for.

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