The final years for Aaron Hernandez were spent with the bleakness you might expect for a man set to spend the rest of his life in prison.
Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! has been all over the case and provided some details of Hernandez’s life in prison, which were based on hundreds of pages of records recently released publicly.
The former Florida tight end and Super Bowl winner for the New England Patriots hung himself in his prison cell on April 19. He was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison after being convicted of the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd.
Hernandez reportedly planned to appeal the conviction. Five days before Hernandez committed suicide, he was acquitted in a 2012 double-homicide case.
In prison, “he was surrounded by danger, pressure and, at times, just pathetic ridiculousness,” Wetzel wrote.
Wetzel detailed the night of Nov. 20, 2013, when Hernandez was in Disciplinary Detention Status and received a shipment of “cakes, breakfast bars, cosmetics and a whole bunch of honey buns.”
There were 24 honey buns in all. Hernandez, knowing the jail erred in giving him the shipment because of his status there, and knowing the materials would soon be confiscated, went HAM on the honey buns, devouring 20 of them through the night.
In two separate facilities over less than four years, Hernandez was charged with 99 disciplinary offenses.
Hernandez was involved in four physical altercations and was once caged alongside another inmate who he had issues with, who was in another cage in the prison yard. The pair couldn’t get to each other, so spit on each other instead.
Other inmates challenged him because of he was, and Hernandez constantly complained about his treatment from prison officials, which included body cavity, strip and cell searches.
He would reportedly kick repeatedly at his cell door for attention, only to ask the guard who finally answered him what the current time was.
As if time mattered to him anymore.