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DA won't seek prison for Aaron Hernandez's cousin

Tanya Singleton in court, June 2, 2014 CBS Boston

FALL RIVER, Mass. - Massachusetts prosecutors are recommending probation and home confinement instead of prison time for a cousin of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez who is charged with contempt for refusing to testify before the grand jury that indicted Hernandez on a murder charge.

Prosecutors said in a Friday filing they are seeking two years' probation and home confinement for Tanya Singleton of Bristol, Conn., who has said she is dying from cancer. She is expected to change her plea to guilty Tuesday on a criminal contempt charge.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty in the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd of Boston. He has also pleaded not guilty to murder charges in another case in which he is charged with killing two men in a drive-by shooting in Boston in 2012.

Singleton's attorney said last week additional incarceration would likely hasten her death. She spent 196 days in jail before posting bail.

Separately, a Superior Court judge on Monday considered motions from Hernandez's lawyers to exclude some evidence in the Lloyd murder case.

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