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American rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine has reportedly been released from federal custody and into home confinement amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
According to multiple outlets, including the New York Post‘s Page Six, New York Judge Paul Engelmayer said in court papers unsealed Thursday that the 23-year-old rapper should be released “immediately” from the private prison where he is being held in Queens and serve his remaining four months in “home incarceration” at an address approved by his probation officer.
Tekashi (né Daniel Hernandez) — who pleaded guilty to nine felony charges, including a variety of firearm offences and admitting to his involvement with the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods — will be tracked by GPS while in home confinement. He must remain in his residence except to seek any necessary medical treatment or to visit his attorney, which he’ll need to get approval for by the Probation Department, Page Six reports.
Though the request to move Tekashi into home confinement was initially denied, Tekashi’s lawyers repeatedly appealed for him to be released because he suffers from asthma, which puts him at a higher risk of getting severely sick from coronavirus since the illness can affect the respiratory tract, according to the CDC.
Engelmayer said he intended to grant the request to move Tekashi Wednesday, ordering federal prosecutors to say if they opposed by 5 p.m.
“In the event the Court finds ‘extraordinary and compelling reasons’ presented by the defendant’s medical condition, placing him at high risk during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Government does not oppose the defendant’s motion for compassionate release,” US Attorney Geoffrey Berman wrote in response, according to Page Six.