New information surrounding Aaron Hernandez’s life in county jail before being convicted of double homicide in 2015 surfaced Thursday after records from the Bristol County House of Corrections were made public. According to documents, Hernandez allegedly threatened to kill an officer who worked at the Dartmouth, Massachusetts facility and on another occasion said he dreamt of “chasing” a guard’s family.
The former New England Patriots tight end was placed at the Bristol County House of Corrections while he was awaiting trial for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd. NBC Boston published dozens of incident reports Thursday after filing public records requests with the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office following Hernandez’s April suicide.
During one incident, Hernandez reportedly threatened a prison staff member and his family after the individual denied to comply with his requests for extra rations. In a November 2013 formal discipline report, officer Matt Bower wrote that he denied Hernandez extra meals, at which point the former athlete allegedly became “verbally aggressive and stated multiple times that when he gets out of jail he is going to shoot me and kill my family.” He then began making a noise that “sounded like a machine gun.”
For his part, Hernandez denied that he threatened the officer and his family while admitting to the machine gun noises. He defended himself against the death threat allegations by saying “it doesn’t make sense” that he would threaten corrections officers because he was in the county jail for a “serious crime,” perhaps implying that poor behavior would affect his case.
“I did not say I was going to kill him or his family, that’s false information,” Hernandez wrote in an appeal. “I said if I see any of the COs that act tough in jail, out of jail, I’m going to slap the shit out of them. Other inmates were pissed at him throwing out food, saying [they’re] going to kill him when they get out of jail and I was in a [talking] mood making gun sounds, so he probably thought it was me who said it.”
In a separate incident report filed the same month, a corrections officer wrote that Hernandez displayed a pattern of aggressive behaviors, particularly when he was denied amenities. When the officer confiscated toothpaste and “fishing line” — which were used to pass notes between inmates — in the former athlete’s possession, Hernandez reportedly became agitated.
“I spoke with inmate Hernandez about his aggressive tone and informed him that over the past few weeks it has become an excessive habit when he does not receive what he wants, when he wants it,” officer Joshua Pacheco wrote in the report. “He is constantly kicking his cell door and screaming at the top of his lungs utilizing profanity at times when he wants something, regardless of how minuscule it is.”