FALL RIVER, Mass. — Prosecutors are recommending probation and home confinement instead of prison for a cousin of ex-New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez charged with contempt and has said she is dying from cancer.
Prosecutors said in a Friday filing they are seeking two years’ probation and home confinement for Tanya Singleton, of Bristol, Conn. She is expected to change her plea to guilty Tuesday on a criminal contempt charge for refusing to testify before the grand jury that indicted Hernandez.
Hernandez is charged with murder in three killings in Massachusetts.
Singleton’s attorney said last week additional incarceration would likely hasten her death. She spent 196 days in jail before posting bail.
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,” her attorney, E. Peter Parker, said in a filing. “She chose family.”
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty in the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd of Boston, whose body was found in an industrial park near Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough. Lloyd was dating Hernandez’s fiancee’s sister.
The former NFL player also has pleaded not guilty in the 2012 killings of two men in Boston.
On Monday, a judge considered motions from Hernandez’s lawyers to exclude some evidence in the Lloyd murder case.
Hernandez’s lawyers say some evidence, specifically a cellphone, is not admissible because it was not part of the original search warrant. Superior Court Judge E. Susan Garsh spent most of the short hearing Monday trying to determine exactly which of three cellphones seized the defense was referring to.