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Ex-New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez moved to new prison after murder conviction

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BOSTON — Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been moved to a new prison a week after he was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life behind bars.

A state prisons official says Hernandez was moved Wednesday to the maximum-security Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley.

PHOTO: FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2015 file photo, former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, center, listens during his murder trial in Fall River, Mass., while an image of Odin Lloyd is displayed on a monitor, right. At left is defense attorney Charles Rankin. Hernandez was convicted on April 15, 2015, of killing Lloyd in June 2013. Lloyd's mother, Ursula Ward, said Wednesday, April 22, 2015, she is is moving forward with a civil lawsuit against Hernandez. Her lawyer said he plans to call Hernandez to testify when the case goes to trial, though that could be years away.  (AP Photo/Steven Senne, Pool, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2015 file photo, former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, center, listens during his murder trial in Fall River, Mass., while an image of Odin Lloyd is displayed on a monitor, right. At left is defense attorney Charles Rankin. Hernandez was convicted on April 15, 2015, of killing Lloyd in June 2013. Lloyd's mother, Ursula Ward, said Wednesday, April 22, 2015, she is is moving forward with a civil lawsuit against Hernandez. Her lawyer said he plans to call Hernandez to testify when the case goes to trial, though that could be years away. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, Pool, File)

Hernandez had been at Cedar Junction prison in Walpole since he was convicted April 15 of killing 27-year-old Odin Lloyd in 2013. Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee.

Souza-Baranowski is the state Department of Correction's newest prison. It opened in 1998 and is about 40 miles west of Boston.

It houses more than 1,000 inmates and is named for two department employees killed during a failed escape attempt in 1972.

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