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Sheriff seeks to charge Hernandez in jail fight

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The Bristol County sheriff is seeking a criminal complaint against former NFL star Aaron Hernandez after a recent jail scuffle with another inmate.

"Mr. Hernandez was involved in an altercation with another inmate. Mr. Hernandez was the only one of the two charged. And at this point it's in the hands of the Third District Court," Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said Friday.

Hodgson said an investigation into a jailhouse fight involving Hernandez has been completed and that his office has filed an application for a criminal complaint against the former Patriots tight end charging him with simple assault.

"Our investigators felt strongly that because of the circumstances and what they found during the investigation that this clearly warranted us going forward with a criminal complaint for assault and battery," Hodgson said.

Because it's a pending criminal matter, the sheriff couldn't go into detail about the facts of the case. But he said Hernandez and another inmate were out of their cells at the same time. He also said that he is treating this incident as a lesson learned.

"We had so much focus on protecting the high-profile prisoner that we didn't anticipate, and had no reason to anticipate, that it could possibly be that the person we were trying to protect could become the aggressor," Hodgson said.

The sheriff said to this point Hernandez has kept to himself for the most part and remains relatively quiet.

From here, the application for the criminal complaint will be reviewed by a Third District Court magistrate and then it will be decided if formal charges will be filed.

"These are acts that have happened in an institution where security is critically important, where consequences have to matter if you're going to continue to keep order in the institution," Hodgson said.

Hodgson said Hernandez is held in his cell 23 hours a day. Hernandez pleaded not guilty to murder in the killing of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, a Boston man who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee.

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