Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine was released from jail early amid coronavirus health concerns, the rapper is said to have asthma which makes him more vulnerable to the virus. The rapper was released into house arrest on Thursday. The 23-year-old rapper, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, had been housed at a private facility under contract with the federal Bureau of Prisons. He was serving time after pleading guilty to multiple counts of racketeering, firearms offenses and drug trafficking. U.S. District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer had earlier written that he didn’t have legal authority to change the sentence, and he told Hernandez’s defense team that it first had to ask the Bureau of Prisons to let him out because of the pandemic. But once the bureau refused the request, Engelmayer said, the court was allowed to act.
“It is readily apparent — and the Court here finds — that the circumstances presented here are extraordinary and compelling so as to justify compassionate release in Mr. Hernandez’s case,” Englemayer ruled Thursday in New York City.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is extraordinary and unprecedented in modern times in this nation. 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.”
The rapper showed no symptoms of coronavirus infection Thursday, according to his lawyer.
The artist, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, suffers from asthma and is vulnerable to the deadly virus.
Featured Image obtained on the official Instagram of Tekashi 6ix9ine