Tekashi 6ix9ine has the coronavirus to thank for an even earlier prison release than expected — the judge just signed off on his request to get out to avoid infection from the coronavirus.
The “FEFE” rapper, real name Daniel Hernandez, was initially set to get out of jail around early August. Last week, however, his lawyer Lance Lazzaro asked Engelmayer to release him early, claiming Hernandez’s asthma made him particularly susceptible to COVID-19, which spreads through the kind of close contact that’s inherent in jails and prisons.
The judge agreed Thursday the rapper should be granted a compassionate release, effective immediately, from the NY facility where he’s been held. Instead of serving the rest of his 2-year sentence behind bars … he’ll do it at home.
Tekashi will be on supervised release. During his first 4 months of home incarceration, he’ll have a GPS monitor and must remain at an address approved by his probation officer. According to the judge’s order, he can only leave if he needs to seek necessary medical treatment or visit his attorney — and he must get pre-approval from the probation department.
If, for any reason, the GPS monitoring is not available or malfunctioning … Tekashi must have a daily videoconference with his probation officer. So, he’ll be like most of us … suddenly using Zoom, Skype or FaceTime to stay connected.
Tekashi was supposed to be getting out later this summer after his conviction on racketeering charges last year. But, in light of the COVID-19 outbreak and preexisting conditions, he claims he is potentially high-risk in a prison setting.6ix9ine took the opportunity to ask to be sent home even earlier.