HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 22: Rapper Tekashi69, real name Daniel Hernandez and also known as 6ix9ine, Tekashi 6ix9ine, Tekashi 69, arrives for his arraignment on assault charges in County Criminal Court #1 at the Harris County Courthouse on August 22, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Tekashi 6ix9ine Granted Prison Release After Coronavirus Ruling
NEW YORK, NY – Tekashi 6ix9ine is about to be a free man. According to TMZ, Judge Paul A. Engelmayer granted his request to be removed from the Queens Detention Facility over coronavirus concerns. The decision is classified as a “compassionate release” and effective immediately.
While the embattled rapper will be allowed to serve the remainder of his sentence in the comfort of his home, he’ll be on supervised release. During his first four months, he’s required to wear a GPS monitor and must remain at a pre-approved address.
The judge’s order reportedly states he can only leave if he needs to “seek necessary medical treatment or visit his attorney,” all of which must be pre-approved by his probation department.
In December 2019, 6ix9ine was sentenced to 24 months with time served. He was expected to be released on August 2.
[This article has been updated. The following was published on April 1, 2020.]
Tekashi 6ix9ine could be out of prison any moment now due to coronavirus concerns. According to Page Six, the embattled rapper (real name Daniel Hernandez) could be released as early 5 p.m. Wednesday (April 1) if the Manhattan federal court judge overseeing his case agrees.
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.” He demanded an answer by 5 p.m. EST.
6ix9ine, who has asthma, is currently being held at the Queens Detention Facility, a private prison run by the GEO group.