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We all knew this to be the case because you don’t get a lengthy prison term for murder if you’re a normal human being. But a sheriff has now put who Hernandez is in stark, scary terms:

He’s a delusional sociopath who is a master manipulator.

So says Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson, who made his remarks during the Boston Herald’s Morning Meeting radio program.

If anyone had any doubt that Hernandez needs to stay locked away, listen to Hodgson, who said the disgraced football star is delusional. He said Hernandez treated the first nearly two-years of his sentence like it was an NFL training camp, working out in the yard because he was convinced he was going to get out of jail and rejoin his old team, the New England Patriots.

“He saw himself as being at training camp and he believed it within his mind. He pushed everything out. He was able to just keep in what he wanted to focus on and that was, ‘I’m in training camp and I’m going to be out of here and I’m going to be back with the Patriots.’ ”

He called Hernandez “a sociopath” who “you need to watch every day,” a “master manipulator” who easily makes connections with people. “He’s constantly working the system to try to get things that he otherwise isn’t supposed to have,” Hodgson said.

But when he doesn’t get his way, Hodgson said Hernandez’s mean streak easily shows.

Hernandez is serving a life sentence for killing Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player who authorities believe may have known to much about a pair of earlier killings. Hernandez is awaiting trial on a 2012 double homicide in which he’s charged with killing two people. Authorities say the killings happened after someone spilled a drink on Hernandez in a Boston nightclub. Hernandez has recently hired a high-powered legal team to defend him in that case.

Ray Marcano |