Hernandez cousin wants to avoid jail time due to cancer

AP

Tanya Singleton, who has refused to testify against her cousin, former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, has pleaded guilty to contempt of court.  Her lawyer argues that Singleton should not go to jail for refusing to give testimony that could help send Hernandez to prison for life.

According to the Boston Globe, Singleton’s lawyer has asked for a one-year sentence, with credit for 196 days already served and the balance suspended in lieu of home confinement.  Singleton claims that she suffers from terminal cancer, and that imprisonment “likely would hasten” her demise.

In requesting lenience, lawyer E. Peter Parker explains that Singleton refused to testify against Hernandez because she loves him like a son.

Judge Susan Garsh ruled Wednesday that prosecutors must show that Singleton will receive adequate medical care in jail, if the prosecution intends to push for incarceration.

Singleton, who refused to testify before a grand jury investigating the June 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd, also refused to testify before a grand jury investigating the July 2012 murders of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.

32 responses to “Hernandez cousin wants to avoid jail time due to cancer

  1. In requesting lenience, lawyer E. Peter Parker explains that Singleton refused to testify against Hernandez because she loves him like a son.

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    Isn’t that kinda like testifying against him anyway?

    “I refuse to testify against him because I love him like a son and don’t want tell you what I know because it’ll land him in jail.”

  2. What about the three dead victims? She sounds more like a gang moll than a cousin. I would demand from the state that they try all avenues to convict and incarcerate such people to the fullest extent and for the judge to impose the harshest penalty under the law.

  3. This is so easy to fix. Simply testify under oath and you’ll be free to go. It’s that easy. Or…keep your mouth shut and enjoy your time in jail.

  4. Make her home bound, with an ankle bracelet paid for by her.
    Save the taxpayers money by not incarcerating her but make it so that she wish she was incarcerated. Why should the public pay b/c she has terminal cancer?
    Let her stay at home and never leave, and her and her family can bear the costs of the care/treatment.

  5. If she doesn’t want to “hasten her demise” then testify. If not, do the time if you did the crime.

  6. Since she has no job, therefore no money and no health insurance, she would be dependent on the health services provided by the county. Which is probably where the prison system has prisoners with serious health issues treated anyway.

  7. In requesting lenience, lawyer E. Peter Parker explains that Singleton refused to testify against Hernandez because she loves him like a son.

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    Isn’t that kinda like testifying against him anyway?

    “I refuse to testify against him because I love him like a son and don’t want tell you what I know because it’ll land him in jail.”
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    Sure does but doesn’t hold up in court as such

  8. Sounds like the judge is quite gullible. Cancer today but as soon as she is freed…..surprise, I am now cancer free too !! Her track record of not wanting to testify in other cases speaks volumes, let’s hope this judge doesn’t fall for her b.s.

  9. Hard to feel sorry for someone when they don’t care about the people that their loved-one murdered.
    Plus, the decision should be in her hands anyway.

  10. Judge: Tanya, here are two cancer specialists for you to be tested as they direct. Payment by you or on your behalf. When their complete results are presented to me with your full permission, I will then consider your request. Next.

  11. So… a guy kills an innocent man… and… you won’t help the prosecution… and… you should get a break because you have cancer.

  12. Aaron Hernandez is obviously guilty and should pay, but… I don’t believe that the government should be able to force a family member to testify against another family member. Shoot, I don’t think ANYONE, not just family, should be forced to testify in court.

    What if this person feels her life is at risk if she testifies?

    Wouldn’t it be REALLY stupid of her to testify against her cousin, if she knew doing so would result in her murder?

  13. Not only did she not testify, but she helped hide the evidence, clearly having some knowledge of what occurred. Also knowing that it may happen again and again. Hard to have much sympathy, when it is clear she had little care for those who were innocent and had their life cut short.

  14. So she wants us to have sympathy for her because she loves someone who had no sympathy for three people he murdered (allegedly). Yep. Got it.

  15. What’s up with her lawyer? I mean seriously, if you’re that bound and determined to not testify, do what the politicians do – give the same answer to every question: “I don’t recall”.

  16. While I applaud her loyalty, don’t do the crime if you’re not willing to do the time. What about the woman that loved the victim like a son? Don’t bitch about “the man not helping us out” if you are unwilling to help the man when it comes time.

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