Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson’s account of the former New England Patriots star in prison gave color to the Aaron Hernandez murder trial . Hodgson, who once stood guard over Hernandez, said the football player treated his stint in prison like training camp for an NFL comeback.
According to Hodgson, Hernandez has the ability to attract the attention of people very easily. He added that the former Patriots star, who was convicted of murder and facing another double-shooting charge, knows how to get his way and manage things he is not supposed to have. The sheriff added that Hernandez, who is presently serving a life sentence, is a sociopath.
Hernandez also spent the 22 months in prison using the jail yards for his own training camp, preparing to get back to the football field, the Boston Herald reported. The report indicated that Hernandez wanted to keep himself in shape for a possible comeback to the league.
“He never thought of himself as being in prison,” Hodgson was quoted as saying. “He saw himself as being at training camp and he believed it within his mind.”
“He pushed everything out. He was able to just keep in what he wanted to focus on and that was, ‘I’m in training camp and I’m going to be out of here and I’m going to be back with the Patriots,'” he added.
Hernandez was convicted for the murder of semi-pro football player Odin L. Lloyd in June 2013. He is also facing charges in a double shooting incident outside a nightclub in Boston in 2012. The football star purportedly lost his cool when one of the men caused his drink to spill.
The Aaron Hernandez murder trial also saw Florida attorney Jose Baez and his team representing Hernandez in court. Hernandez’s defense team also includes Harvard law professor Ronald S. Sullivan Jr., top defense trial lawyer Alex Spiro and forensic expert Linda Kenney Baden
“I can now confirm that my firm has been retained to represent Mr. Aaron Hernandez in his upcoming trial,” Baez wrote in a statement, as quoted by the Boston Globe. “Mr. Hernandez strongly maintains his innocence, and I plan to establish that before a jury of his peers.”