News

Tekashi 6ix9ine Could Be Released Early From Prison Today

(Photo by Arik McArthur/FilmMagic)

This actually isn’t an April Fool’s joke, the rapper’s lawyer is actively pushing for his early release.

Tekashi 6ix9ine might be released early as soon as today as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic worsens in New York City and the U.S.

We previously reported that 6ix9ine’s lawyer Lance Lazzaro was actively working to get his client out of prison as he has health concerns such as asthma that could point to contracting the deadly virus (March 22). In case you need a refresher, Lazzaro asked Judge Engelmayer if the rapper could be released to home confinement to serve the rest of his sentence. According to a Complex report, the government denied this. 

By denying Lazzaro’s request, this opened up a can of worms, mainly due to the fact that they declared the decision was in the hands of the Bureau of Prisons rather than the judge. Lazzaro fired back noting that 6ix9ine is not a BOP prisoner, he also noted they couldn’t release him if they wanted to. 

On March 25, court documents pointed out that Judge Engelmayer reluctantly released the following statement alongside him declaring he lacks the “legal authority” to alter 6ix9ine’s sentence:

“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.”

Directly after this, Lazzaro who was reached by phone by Complex shared, “The remedy at that point was to apply to the Bureau of Prisons, which I knew would more than likely deny him,” he said. “But they had up to 30 days to issue that denial. I kept pushing them to make a decision immediately because, in today’s environment, with the virus spreading in a way that nobody could have imagined, it was imperative to get a quick decision. So the Bureau of Prisons through the general counsel this morning denied my request for compassionate release. That now becomes an appealable decision in front of Judge Engelmayer.”

On Wednesday morning, Complex reports Lazzaro wrote a letter declaring the government has one final chance to “argue that 6ix9ine should remain behind bars.” He noted they have until 5 p.m. Lazzaro also said, “provided that the Court has legal authority to grant the relief requested by defense counsel, the Court intends to do so.”

So basically, unless any additional reasoning behind why he shouldn’t be released emerges, Judge Engelmayer will be left to decide the fate of the rapper. Home confinement could be what is next for Tekashi 6ix9ine and his release could happen today. 

Source: Complex

Robyn Mowatt

Robyn Mowatt is a Staff Writer at Okayplayer where she covers culture, music, and fashion. You can see what's on her mind on Twitter at @robyn_mowatt.

Share
Published by
Robyn Mowatt

Recent Posts

In His Own Words: Albee Al on Getting Another Chance at Rap Success

In his own words, New Jersey rapper Albee Al talks about staying out of trouble,… Read More

September 30, 2022

Best Songs of The Week: ft. Smino, Freddie Gibbs, and More

The Round-Up is Okayplayer’s weekly playlist of the best songs in the worlds of hip-hop… Read More

September 30, 2022

Keke Palmer Introduces Her Own Digital Network, Key TV

On Friday, Nope actress Keke Palmer announced new digital network Key TV, aiming to spotlight “a new… Read More

September 30, 2022

Snoop Dogg Once Auctioned Off His Blunt For 10k

To support Alzheimer's nonprofit Hilarity for Charity, Seth Rogan and Lauren Rogan Miller claim Snoop… Read More

September 30, 2022

Ed Sheeran Slapped With Lawsuit That Claims He Copied Marvin Gaye

Ed Sheeran is heading to trial following accusations that he used parts of 1972 Marvin… Read More

September 30, 2022

Kid Cudi Hints At the Just-Released ‘Entergalactic’ Being His Final Album

While visiting The Zane Lowe Show on Apple Music, Kid Cudi suggested that the Entergalactic soundtrack would be… Read More

September 30, 2022