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Sheriff: Hernandez moved to new cell

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DARTMOUTH, Mass. -

Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez was involved in a scuffle with another jail inmate, but neither man required medical attention, the Bristol County sheriff said Wednesday.

The brief fight took place around noon Tuesday in a common area of the Bristol County House of Correction in Dartmouth, where only one inmate is supposed to be out of his cell at a time, Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said.

It's unclear which inmate was the aggressor. Hodgson said jail staff are interviewing witnesses and reviewing surveillance video to figure out exactly what happened and determine whether disciplinary measures or even criminal charges are warranted.

Now Sheriff Hodgson is telling NBC 10 that Hernandez will be moved to a more restrictive unit for the next 30 days.  Hernandez will have to spend 23 hours a day in his new cell and get one hour of recreational time a day. He will only get 3 showers a week and when out of his cell he will be handcuffed, in waist chains and leg irons.

Hodgson did not release the other inmate's name and said he did not know of any previous tension between the two men.

"We don't know what, if any, relationship there was or has been at any point, either here or anywhere else," Hodgson said.

Hernandez is allowed out of his cell three hours a day, but he's not allowed near other inmates. However, he can hear the other men in his unit.

TMZ reported Tuesday that Hernandez was taunted before the scuffle.

"It wouldn't be uncommon in a prison setting for inmates to periodically taunt one another," Hodgson said.

The jail is also reviewing procedures to figure out how the two inmates were allowed out of their cells at the same time.

"Suffice to say that I'm not happy that there may have been a breakdown in our system, our protocols," Hodgson said. "When we have systematic failures, the first thing we look at, that I look at, No. 1, how did this happen? No. 2, how do we make sure this never happens again?"

Both Hernandez and the other inmate have been moved to other units until the investigation is completed.

Hernandez, a former New England Patriots tight end, is being held without bail after pleading not guilty to murder in the death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd. The Boston man was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee.


NBC 10 contributed to this report.

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