Tekashi 6ix9ine could be home earlier than he thinks due to coronavirus concerns.
According to reports, the imprisoned rapper could be released this week if the Manhattan federal court judge overseeing his case agrees. Like several other celebs, his attorney, Lance Lazzaro, has filed a motion to have him released early due to the spread of coronavirus through the prison system.
In a letter sent out Wednesday, Judge Paul Engelmayer wrote,
The parties are advised that, provided that the Court has legal authority to grant the relief requested by defense counsel, the Court intends to do so.Paul Engelmayer
Tekashi, who has asthma, is currently being held at the Queens Detention Facility, a private prison run by the GEO group.
The rapper’s legal team has been attempting to get him released for weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. Although Judge Paul Engelmayer was sympathetic to his plight, he initially shot down attorney Lance Lazzaro’s request.
At the time of sentencing, however, the Court did not know and could not have known that the final four months of Mr. Hernandez’s sentence would be served at a time of a worldwide pandemic to which persons with asthma, like Mr. Hernandez, have heightened vulnerability. Had the Court known that sentencing Mr. Hernandez to serve the final four months of his term in a federal prison would have exposed him to a heightened health risk, the Court would have directed that these four months be served instead in home confinement.Paul Engelmayer
6ix9ine has been in federal custody for 17 months. He was arrested in November 2018 for his involvement with the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods. He pleaded guilty to nine federal felonies including racketeering conspiracy, firearms charges, narcotics trafficking, and violent crimes in aid of racketeering.