Aaron Hernandez is maintaining his innocence after the guilty verdict.
One day after the former New England Patriots tight end was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Odin Lloyd, he told jail guards the jury got it wrong, Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson told the Boston Herald.
"When he left the court after his sentence he still had his, according to my staff, his swagger, but it’s not surprising with him," Hodgson said. "He told our people, ‘Look, they’re wrong and I’ll miss you guys."
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Hernandez felt the same upon hearing the jury find him guilty of murder in the first degree, as camera caught him shaking his head and mouthing the word "wrong" after the verdict.
Hodgson also said Hernandez seems to have "sociopathic issues," that could be tied to his father’s death, while adding he’s "the best I’ve ever seen at manipulation." "Over the course of time I’ve had a lot of opportunities to speak with him and one of the things that I learned was that he is the best I’ve ever seen at manipulation.
He is the best I’ve ever seen at compartmentalizing things so that he doesn’t have to deal with the here and now," Hodgson said. "He is a master at using his charm to position himself and get what he needs. I’ve never seen anybody better at it.
"I don’t think he’ll ever admit to himself or anyone else that he was involved in (Lloyd’s murder) or maybe he was responsible for it and that’s part of his defense mechanism," Hodgson told the Herald.