Tekashi 6ix9ine has officially been released from prison early due to the threat of coronavirus. 😲
Judge Paul Engelmayer of the Southern District of New York approved a motion for compassionate release on Thursday, allowing Tekashi, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, to serve the remaining four months of his two-year sentence for racketeering under home incarceration.
According to The New York Daily News, an employee at the Queens Detention Facility, the prison where Tekashi was being held in protective custody, said he left through a rear exit about 90 minutes before Engelmayer’s order was made public.
Law enforcement will now keep a close eye on Tekashi with 24/7 GPS monitoring, and he'll have to stay inside his residence at all times unless he's permitted to leave to seek medical treatment or speak with his attorney.
As Daquan recently reported, Tekashi's attorney Lance Lazarro originally claimed that if Tekashi were to contract the coronavirus, he'd be at high risk of serious illness due to his lifelong asthma. He also claimed that Tekashi has been suffering from shortness of breath, though it's unclear whether he has coronavirus.
Once the Bureau of Prisons officially denied Lazarro's application for compassionate release and it became appealable, Judge Engelmayer sided with the defense. On Wednesday, he wrote a letter to the federal government stating his intentions to let Tekashi serve the rest of his sentence under home arrest.
The federal government responded by saying they wouldn't oppose due to "extraordinary and compelling reasons" related to his asthmatic condition and COVID-19, effectively approving Engelmayer's decision.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is extraordinary and unprecedented in modern times in this nation," Engelmayer wrote. "It presents a clear and present danger to free society for reasons that need no elaboration. COVID-19 presents a heightened risk for incarcerated defendants like Mr. Hernandez with respiratory ailments such as asthma."
Though Engelmayer's decision was finalized on Wednesday, he asked that the news be kept under wraps until authorities could confirm Tekashi's safety at an undisclosed location.
The rapper’s defense team claimed he would live with his mother and other family, but that may not be true considering his location needs to be kept unknown.
According to Complex and Lazarro, Tekashi’s new “projected” final release date is Friday, July 31.
Social media, which enabled Tekashi's controversy and fame in the first place, offered a few entertaining reactions to his early departure from prison. 😅