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Hernandez cousin asks for leniency, cites cancer

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) - A cousin of ex-New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez wants a Massachusetts judge to spare her from additional incarceration, saying she's dying from breast cancer that had been in remission but has returned and spread.

Tanya Singleton, of Bristol, Connecticut, initially pleaded not guilty to criminal contempt for refusing to testify before a grand jury that indicted Hernandez in the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd of Boston. But she plans to change her plea to guilty Tuesday in Fall River Superior Court.

E. Peter Parker, Singleton's lawyer, said in a sentencing memorandum this week that more incarceration "likely would hasten her death." He noted the 38-year-old Singleton spent 196 days in jail before posting bail earlier this year. He has proposed a sentence of one year, with credit for time already served and the rest suspended for a year with home confinement.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to the shooting death of Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who was dating the sister of his fiancee. The former NFL player has also pleaded not guilty, in a separate case, to the 2012 killings of two men in Boston.

In his memo, Parker said Singleton's cancer had been in remission before she was jailed. He blamed her "rapidly deteriorating condition" on her incarceration, saying it caused a break in her treatment.

He said the cancer "will lead to her death" and that her best chance of maximizing her remaining time "with some semblance of quality of life" would be increasingly aggressive treatment by her Connecticut physician.

"That cannot happen if she is incarcerated again," Parker said.

Singleton refused to testify despite being given immunity by prosecutors. That put her "at an emotionally supercharged crossroads where the strong and unbreakable bonds of family clashed with society's need for evidence," Parker said in his filing. "She chose family."

Singleton was also charged after refusing to testify before the grand jury that indicted Hernandez in the Boston killings.

Judge Susan Garsh on Wednesday said prosecutors must demonstrate the availability of adequate medical treatment if they seek prison time. A spokesman for the district attorney has previously declined to comment on a sentencing recommendation.

Singleton also faces a conspiracy charge for allegedly helping Hernandez associate Ernest Wallace flee to Georgia after the killing. She has pleaded not guilty.

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slim5611us August 07 2014 at 3:43 PM

maybe she should have just cooperated instead of being difficult. nobody to blame but herself.

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junior August 07 2014 at 3:53 PM

And just what has Hernandez done for you that you would stay so loyal and then beg for assistance from the courts when they already offered you the deal of a lifetime, immunity.

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juststeve35 junior August 07 2014 at 4:14 PM

What did he do?

Likely he threatened her, and her whole side of the family, if she testified against him...

That is what all good gangsters, and gangstas, do.

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Daddy O junior August 07 2014 at 4:43 PM

she is an accomplice

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Daddy O August 07 2014 at 4:10 PM

Perhaps she is to involved to testify without pleading the fifth which would automatically lead to being investigated as an accomplice.

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junior Daddy O August 07 2014 at 6:52 PM

She was offered immunity. Do you know what that means? They can't touch her no matter what she tells them.

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barryaclarke August 07 2014 at 5:52 PM

Hmmm, if she want leniency, let her ask for a lethal cocktail and see if she accepts………..

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niceguy71653 August 07 2014 at 6:45 PM

Only if she dies before the sentence expires. If not she goes back to jail. I've seen other criminals that pled sickness and lived for years.

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grudgrime August 07 2014 at 4:52 PM

So she only values life if it's her own.

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juststeve35 August 07 2014 at 4:13 PM

She chose silence, not family...

My money's on Aaron threatened her and her side of the family if she testified.

After all, isn't that what ANY good gangsta would do?

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zellzrsjazz August 07 2014 at 4:11 PM

giver her a break

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jacks_sam zellzrsjazz August 07 2014 at 10:35 PM

Lets say someone kills your parents and she is an accomplice. Would you still give her a break? I doubt it.

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mwoody1955 August 07 2014 at 4:23 PM

Let her go. Why should the taxpayers pay for her treatment. Put her under house arrest for 5 years and by then she may have to testify.

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fisherman695 August 08 2014 at 9:40 AM

Free medical in jail!

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