Wednesday, September 10, 2014
FALL RIVER (AP) — A cousin of ex-New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez pleaded guilty Tuesday to a criminal contempt charge for refusing to testify before a grand jury even though she had been granted immunity.
Tanya Singleton, who has been undergoing treatment for a recurrence of breast cancer, was not immediately sentenced.
Prosecutors asked for two years of probation with home confinement and GPS monitoring, except for medical and legal appointments.
Singleton, 38, of Bristol, Connecticut, “perverted her sense of loyalty” and had an “utter disdain” of the legal process in trying to protect Hernandez, who has pleaded not guilty to the July 2013 slaying of Odin Lloyd, prosecutor William McCauley said. She put Hernandez ahead of her children, who were ages 4 and 7 at the time, McCauley said, even arranging for their care, knowing she risked imprisonment.
Singleton’s attorney, E. Peter Parker, asked for a year of home confinement, a sentence that “reflects the seriousness of the offense and provides appropriate punishment ... given her medical condition.”
“She chose family loyalty ... over civic duties,” a choice most people would make under similar circumstances, Parker said.
Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee.
Hernandez also has pleaded not guilty in the 2012 killings of two men in Boston.
Prosecutors said Singleton has material information about Hernandez and the movements of his friends Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz, who both pleaded not guilty to murder and accessory charges in the Lloyd killing.