The performer who is expected to be released July 31 also was diagnosed in October with bronchitis and sinusitis, defense attorney Lance Lazarro wrote in a letter to the judge on Sunday.
Tekashi 6ix9ine's testimony against members of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods gang earned him leniency from charges that could have subjected him to a mandatory minimum 37 years in prison for crimes that included orchestrating a shooting in which an innocent bystander was wounded.
The Court has received an application from counsel for Daniel Hernandez, Dkt.More news: Dillian Whyte vs Alexander Povetkin moved to July due to coronavirus
However, the document goes on to say, '.his application to convert the balance of his term of imprisonment to home confinement is now administratively proper'.
Tekashi 6ix9ine's wish for an early prison release could be coming true, thanks to COVID-19. The Court directs that the Government respond by no later than 5 p.m. today. Since he'd already been behind bars after being arrested in November of 2018, the rapper only had to serve an additional 11 months in prison. Federal prosecutors opposed the request, stating that Engelmayer had no authority to release him and added that jail staff is managing Tekashi's asthma. In December past year, Judge Paul Engelmeyer sentenced Daniel Hernandez after he took a guilty plea on charges of racketeering, carrying a firearm, assault with a unsafe weapon, and conspiracy murder charges.
It was announced last month that the rapper would be released on August 2nd.More news: Trump to meet with oil CEO's Friday
From there, Judge Engelmayer told 6ix9ine's attorney to ask the Bureau of Prisons if they could grant the request.
Tekashi 6ix9ine could be released from prison today. Judge Engelmayer stated that "the Court concludes that it lacks the legal authority to thus modify his sentence", but added that he would've shortened Tekashi's sentence if he knew about the coronavirus pandemic when he was sentenced.
Englemayer said in a written statement on Wednesday that he'd be in favor of 6ix9ine's release to home confinement but said he can't legally change his sentencing.More news: Salman Khan fuming over not getting to attend nephew Abdullahs funeral
On Wednesday morning, the judge filed a letter with federal prosecutors, outlining his intention to grant Tekashi's home confinement request, unless he receives any pushback by 5pm EST, reports the New York Post.