Tekashi 6ix9ine Granted Early Release From Prison Because Of Coronavirus Risk
Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine has been granted an early release from prison due to the risk of contracting coronavirus.
The musician's lawyers appealed to authorities to get him out of jail as Covid-19 continued to sweep across the United States.
After considering the application, Judge Paul Engelmayer agreed that the risk of getting the virus was sufficient grounds to have him released early.
The rapper - Daniel Hernandez - was sentenced to 24 months behind bars last year after pleading guilty to nine counts of federal racketeering, weapons-related offenses, and conspiracy.
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He was due to be released on August 1.
Judge Engelmayer said in his ruling: "The Court grants the defendant's motion for compassionate release.
"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.
"In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the defendant must remain at his residence except to seek any necessary medical treatment or to visit his attorney, in each instance with prior notice and approval by the Probation Department."
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