Fall River, MA 08/23/13 Tanya Cummings-Singleton, a cousin of former Patriot Aaron Hernandez arraigned today in Superior Court charged with contempt for refusing to testify before a Bristol Co. grand jury . for METRO (George Rizer for the Boston Globe)
Tanya Cummings-Singleton, a cousin of former Patriot Aaron Hernandez, at her arraignment in Superior Court after being charged with contempt for refusing to testify before a Bristol grand jury.
The Boston Globe

A lawyer for Tanya Singleton, the cousin of former Patriot Aaron Hernandez who is facing a contempt charge after refusing to testify before a Bristol grand jury, said his client should be released from prison while she undergoes treatment for cancer, The Boston Globe reports.

According to the report, the lawyer argued that keeping her in jail “likely would hasten her death.”

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The attorney, E. Peter Parker, asked that the remainder of the sentence be suspended for a year while she remains on home confinement in Bristol, Conn.

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He added that her “best chance to maximize the time she has left . . . would be to maintain a complex and increasingly aggressive treatment regimen implemented” by her doctor. “That cannot happen if she is incarcerated again.”

You can read the full Boston Globe report here.