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Posted: April 19, 2017

Aaron Hernandez had troubled history at facility before suicide

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Aaron Hernandez Found Hanged In Cell

By Jason Law, Fox25Boston.com

BOSTON —

Convicted killer and former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez had a troubled history at the facility where he was found hanged early Wednesday morning.

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Officials said Hernandez was found hanging in his cell by corrections officers at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley around 3:05 a.m.

Hernandez was placed under suicide watch in April 2015, just days after he was convicted for the murder of Odin Lloyd, according to a Fox News report.

The former football star was briefly separated from other inmates at MCI Cedar Junction in Walpole, less than two miles away from Gillette Stadium.

The report didn’t specify why Hernandez was placed under suicide watch, although it is not uncommon for prisoners who have just been sentenced to lengthy prison terms.

Hernandez also had a troubled history in the facility where he ultimately took his own life.

In May, 2015, Hernandez agreed to be the lookout for another inmate who went into another prisoner’s cell at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center. Those two inmates got into a fight which was believed to be gang-related, the report said.

At the time, all three men were disciplined over the incident, including Hernandez, who was put in a special management section.

Hernandez previously got into a brawl with a fellow detainee in the Bristol County jail.

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