[Above]  Aaron Hernandez on the last day of his trial where he cried when he should have been relieved. As his attorneys congratulated him and each other, he seemed to look off into the distance.

Aaron Hernandez’ last day in court…

He’s already serving life anyway, but after winning a double acquittal due mostly to the defense by infamous lawyer Jose Baez whom also got Casey Anthony acquitted, Hernandez has ended his life.

Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots star who was convicted of murder in 2015.

Hernandez, 27, was found hanging in his cell by corrections officers around 3:05 a.m. at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center, Massachusetts Department of Correction officials said in a statement.

He was pronounced dead an hour later.

Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population housing unit and hanged himself with a bed sheet attached to his cell window. He also tried blocking his door from the inside with various items, officials said.

An investigation was ongoing.

Hernandez was not on a suicide watch and authorities had yet to find any suicide note in his cell, newspapers reported. Officials said Hernandez had given no indication he might try to take his own life.

“If he had made any kind of statement, he would have not been in that unit,’’ Department of Correction spokesperson Christopher Fallon said.

The death of the once-promising NFL tight end came almost two years to the day when he was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. The 15th selection in the 2010 NFL draft, Hernandez was arrested in August 2013 in connection with Lloyd’s June 2013 death.

On April 14, Hernandez was found not guilty in a double homicide separate from the Lloyd case; however, he was already serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole in connection with Lloyd’s murder.

The disgraced NFL star played three seasons with the Patriots, scoring 18 touchdowns and forming a fierce tight end tandem with Rob Gronkowski. He had two touchdowns in six playoff games, including eight catches for 67 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots’ Super Bowl XLVI loss to the Giants.

But his seemingly ascendant career came crashing down when police began investigating Lloyd’s murder and eventually came to finger Hernandez as the trigger man. The Patriots quickly cut Hernandez from the team prior to the 2013 season.

The Patriots had yet to comment on the death of Hernandez, but the team was set to be at the White House on Wednesday in honor of their Super Bowl LI victory.



If Hernandez is placed in protective custody, it could be temporary. The former NFL player could then face a different kind of torture in general population, with his celebrity status making him the target of prison gangs.

“He will have a celebrity status with some people, but he also has been convicted of killing an African American man, and he is Latino man and there are lots of gang issues at Souza Baranowski. There could be prisoners with a beef who are out to get him.”

The prison opened in 1998, and is the most modern, high-tech prison in the state — it’s a change from the outdated, 59-year-old Cedar-Junction facility Hernandez spent the first week of his life sentence in. According to author Ted Cornoyer, Souza “has the bland, linoleum-and-fluorescent aesthetics of a hospital.”

Despite the clean, sterile looking interior, and the 366 surveillance cameras that monitor every move inside and outside of the prison, Souza Baranowski is said to have the highest rate of prisoner-on-prisoner violence in the state. It houses 1,600 inmates, and most of them are Massachusetts’ most dangerous criminals.

CNN reports that Aaron Hernandez won’t have a lot to do during his life sentence at Souza Baranowski. He will spend much of his day in a small cell, with a bunk, toilet, sink, and a small writing desk attached to the walls. If he has money in his inmate account, he can pay around $200 for a small prison-approved television. This may be his only diversion, as his cell will has only one 4 by 20 inch window looking outdoors, and a small window in the door to his cell.

There is one positive for Hernandez now that he is serving time at Souza Baranowski — visitation privileges. According to CBS, he has not been allowed to have direct contact with visitors, including his young daughter, Avielle, since his June, 2013, arrest. At Souza, he can see visitors three times a week, and will be able to hold hands.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Correction, Hernandez is inmate number W106228 at the maximum security prison. If officials decide to place him in solitary confinement at Souza, Leslie Walker, director of Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts, tells CNN that it will be “torture” and a “very hard time” for Hernandez.

“Solitary confinement is a kind of torture that no one does well in. The lack of meaningful sensory stimulus and contact drives people mad. It’s very hard time.”


Attorney Jose Beaz stands behind Aaron Hernandez as they listen to Judge Jeffrey Locke in court in Boston, Monday, April 10, 2017. A lawyer for former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez has objected to the judge’s selection of a white woman as the jury forewoman in his double-murder trial. Attorney Ronald Sullivan Jr. made his argument Monday as jurors started their second day of deliberations. Hernandez is charged in the 2012 shootings of two men in a drive-by shooting in Boston. (Chris Christo/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)

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