Tekashi 6ix9ine—real name Daniel Hernandez—has been granted early release from prison due to coronavirus health concerns. He was initially due for release on August 2.
According to court documents obtained by Pitchfork, Hernandez’s lawyer Lance Lazzaro had requested his client be released early, citing the rapper’s history of asthma which made him more vulnerable to COVID-19.
“Mr Hernandez has been complaining to prison officials this week of shortness of breath, but apparently the warden of his facility will not allow Mr Hernandez to go to the hospital despite the recommendation of the facility’s medical director that Mr Hernandez be treated by a doctor at a hospital,” Lazzaro wrote. He also added that Hernandez regularly suffers from “serious asthma attacks” and had previously been hospitalized as a result.
On April 2, US District Judge Paul Engelmayer agreed to the appeal and allowed Hernandez to serve the remainder of his time “from home confinement under government surveillance.” “It is readily apparent—and the Court here finds—that the circumstances presented here are extraordinary and compelling so as to justify compassionate release in Mr Hernandez’s case,” Engelmayer said, per NBC News.
Following Hernandez’s release, Lazzaro said in a statement that the rapper has not displayed any coronavirus symptoms, though he will get tested “when it becomes readily available.”
Hernandez was sentenced to two years behind bars at the end of 2019 for crimes carried out as part of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods gang. The Brooklyn rapper had pled guilty to nine counts in his federal case, including charges of racketeering conspiracy and drug trafficking.
Last month, Hernandez was sued by a woman who claimed his associates shot her in 2018. The victim has demanded $150million in damages.