Aaron Hernandez’s cousin asks for shorter sentence

Asking for a shorter sentence because she has cancer

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)
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)

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WWLP) – A cousin of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez is asking a  judge to spare her from more jail time because she has cancer.

Tanya Singleton of Bristol, Connecticut, is charged with criminal contempt for refusing to testify before a grand jury that indicted Hernandez in a murder case in North Attleborough, Massachusetts. She intends to change her not guilty plea on Tuesday, August 12th, in Fall River Superior Court.

She served 196 days before posting bail last winter, and wants to remain on home confinement.

Aaron Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the 2013 killing in North Attleborough and in the 2012 killings of two men in Boston.

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