Aaron Hernandez cousin to plead guilty to contempt

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Tanya Singleton, cousin of former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez, enters Suffolk Superior Court Monday, June 2, 2014 in Boston, where she pleaded not guilty to a criminal contempt of court charge. Prosecutors said she refused to testify before a grand jury investigating Hernandez's alleged role in a double slaying in Boston, even though she'd been granted immunity. Prosecutors said the SUV used in the shooting was stored at her home in Bristol, Conn. A judge ordered her confined to her home, with GPS tracking to medical appointments. Singleton is being treated for breast cancer. (AP Photo/Boston Herald, Ted Fitzgerald, Pool)
Tanya Singleton, cousin of former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez, approaches the bench in Suffolk Superior Court Monday, June 2, 2014 in Boston, where she pleaded not guilty to a criminal contempt of court charge. Prosecutors said she refused to testify before a grand jury investigating Hernandez's alleged role in a double slaying in Boston, even though she'd been granted immunity. Prosecutors said the SUV used in the shooting was stored at her home in Bristol, Conn. A judge ordered her confined to her home, with GPS tracking to medical appointments. Singletonis being treated for breast cancer. (AP Photo/Boston Herald, Ted Fitzgerald, Pool)
FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2013 file photo, Tanya Singleton, right, cousin of former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, speaks with defense attorney Peter Parker during a bail hearing at Superior Court in Fall River, Mass. Singleton was released on bail Thursday, Jan. 30, 2013, more than five months after her indictment on two charges in connection with the murder case against Hernandez. (AP Photo/Boston Herald, Dominick Reuter, Pool, File)
Tanya Singleton, cousin of former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, appears for a bail hearing at Superior Court Thursday, Oct. 24, 2103, in Fall River, Mass. On Thursday, a judge set $15,000 cash bail for Singleton. She's been held without bail after pleading not guilty to criminal contempt and conspiracy to commit accessory after the fact. Prosecutors said she helped Hernandez's friend Ernest Wallace travel to Florida after the June killing of Odin Lloyd, and refused to testify before the grand jury in the case despite immunity. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in Lloyd's death. (AP Photo/Boston Herald, Dominick Reuter, Pool)
Tanya Singleton, seated, cousin of former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, listens as defense attorney Peter Parker speaks during a bail hearing at Superior Court Thursday, Oct. 24, 2103, in Fall River, Mass. On Thursday, a judge set $15,000 cash bail for Singleton. She's been held without bail after pleading not guilty to criminal contempt and conspiracy to commit accessory after the fact. Prosecutors said she helped Hernandez's friend Ernest Wallace travel to Florida after the June killing of Odin Lloyd, and refused to testify before the grand jury in the case despite immunity. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in Lloyd's death. (AP Photo/Boston Herald, Dominick Reuter, Pool)
Tanya Singleton, a cousin of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, is escorted into Superior Court in Fall River, Mass. Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 where she pleaded not guilty on a contempt charge for allegedly refusing to testify before the grand jury that indicted Hernandez in the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd. (AP Photo/Boston Globe,George Rizer, Pool)
Tanya Singleton, a cousin of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, is escorted into Superior Court in Fall River, Mass. Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 where she pleaded not guilty on a contempt charge for allegedly refusing to testify before the grand jury that indicted Hernandez in the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd. (AP Photo/Boston Globe,George Rizer, Pool)
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FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) - The cousin of Aaron Hernandez who was charged with criminal contempt after refusing to testify before the grand jury that indicted the former New England Patriot intends to change her plea to guilty, her lawyer said Monday.

Tanya Singleton, of Bristol, Connecticut, had pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors say she was granted immunity but declined to testify.

E. Peter Parker, her lawyer, said during a brief proceeding in Fall River Superior Court that she will change her plea at the trial scheduled for Aug. 12.

Hernandez, 24, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the 2013 shooting death of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player from Boston who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. The ex-NFL tight end has also pleaded not guilty, in a separate case, to the shooting deaths of two men in Boston in 2012.

Gregg Miliote, a spokesman for Bristol County District Attorney Samuel Sutter, said sentencing for criminal contempt is at the judge's discretion. He would not comment on what the prosecutors will recommend.

Singleton pleaded not guilty to a contempt charge in connection with the Boston case after refusing to testify before a Suffolk County grand jury. Parker is seeking to consolidate the contempt cases in Fall River and said Monday that his client intends to plead guilty in the Boston case, too.

Singleton also faces a charge of conspiracy to commit accessory after the fact in the Lloyd case. She isn't changing her not guilty plea in that case, Parker said.

Prosecutors allege Singleton helped Hernandez's "right-hand man" Ernest Wallace travel to Florida after Lloyd was killed. They also say she discussed helping Carlos Ortiz, another Hernandez associate, flee to Puerto Rico and got rid of a cellphone that Wallace had used.

Wallace and Ortiz have both pleaded not guilty to murder and accessory charges.

Singleton, who has been undergoing medical treatments for breast cancer in Connecticut, was not in Fall River for Monday's hearing. She is out on bail.

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