Aaron Hernandez On Suicide Watch

Apr 21, 2015

The football talents of Aaron Hernandez once promised to lead him to a life of fame, wealth, and luxury that is beyond imagination. Yet his recent conviction for first-degree murder means that the former New England Patriots tight end will probably spend the rest of his life in prison. 

Thus, it is not surprising that MCI Cedar Junction, where he is currently incarcerated, has placed the football star turned murder convict on a suicide watch -- to crash from such heights to such depths could easily trigger suicidal impulses.

In addition, the formerly famous and now-infamous Hernandez is being kept separated from the other inmates. This is being done largely for his own protection as too many prisoners hope to make a name for themselves through an attack on a high-profile fellow prisoner.

A jury of seven women and five men convicted Hernandez of first-degree murder in the June 17, 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, 27, a landscaper who played football as an amateur on weekends.

Lloyd was also the boyfriend of Hernandez’s fiancée.

The mandatory sentence for first-degree murder in Massachusetts, the state in which Hernandez was tried and convicted, is life in prison -- without the possibility of parole.

To someone like Aaron Hernandez, who once received an enormous salary of almost $10-million per year as an NFL player, a future of being confined to a cell for the rest of his days must look bleak indeed.

DENISE NOE

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