Tekashi 6ix9ine Might Get An Early Release From Prison
Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine who is currently imprisoned might see the light of day soon as his lawyer Lance Lazzaro has filed a motion to release him from custody.
Lazzaro filed a motion to release him immediately due to the spread of COVID-19 through the prison system. The U.S. Attorney does not oppose the motion.
Inmates and correction officers across the country have already tested positive for the virus, and experts are describing the situation as a “ticking time bomb.”
With that in mind, many inmates are arguing that they should be released early. Among that number are several high-profile prisoners, including R. Kelly.
The embattled rapper who has spent 17 months in prison is serving a two-year sentence (including the 13 months he’d already served) following the rapper’s cooperation in his racketeering charge.
After a series of appeals to both the judge in the case and the Bureau of Prisons, 6ix9ine could be released as soon as this afternoon, Lazzaro confirmed to Rolling Stone.
Lazzaro began the process of 6ix9ine’s release last week when he first submitted a motion to release the controversial rapper due to his asthma condition that puts him at risk.
6ix9ine has long had issues with asthma. The time he played dead in a hospital in 2017? He was there because of asthma. And he once did a skit with 50 Cent where he discussed his condition and was presented with an iced-out inhaler.
Judge Paul Engelmayer who presided over the case asserted that he did not have jurisdiction over the matter, and suggested Lazzaro file a motion with the Bureau of Prisons. According to Lazzaro, Engelmayer requested that the Bureau grant the request.
That request was initially denied.
Inner City Press obtained an email from a Bureau of Prisons representative that states the bureau does “not have any authority or oversight of his case as he is not in a BOP facility. If the Court orders a compassionate release for him, that information will be provided to the US Marshals Service and the GEO facility for processing.”
Lazzaro then appealed the decision to Engelmayer. According to Lazzaro, the decision will be made Wednesday or Thursday, and if Hernandez is granted the request, he will likely be released immediately.
“Based on what [Engelmayer] wrote this morning, it seems likely he’s going to grant it,” Lazzaro said. Engelmayer, in turn, gave the prosecutors until 5pm EST on Wednesday to make the case for Hernandez to stay in custody.
In a letter to Judge Engelmayer obtained by Rolling Stone, United States Attorney Geoffrey Berman wrote that “the Government does not oppose the defendant’s motion for compassionate release,” paving the way for Engelmayer to order Hernandez’s release.
“I believe the judge will, at some point, approve my motion for compassionate release,” said Lazzaro. “I don’t want to put words into the judge’s mouth.”
“It’s a foregone conclusion, he’s getting released” said Dawn Florio, another attorney for Hernandez. “He could do it today, or later, we’re just waiting on the judge’s decision.”
Should Tekashi be released, he will serve the remaining four months of his sentence in home confinement.