Talk with XXL Thursday evening (April 2), 6ix9ine’s lawyer Dawn Florio confirmed that the rapper had been officially released from prison. This confirmation comes hours after Tekashi’s release from prison and his internment were announced. Florio says the rapper will have to wear an ankle monitor while he is at home and is serving his sentence. Talking to journalist Lisa Evers, Florio reportedly said that Tekashi would be allowed to use social media and that he would record new music for his label 10k Projects.
6ix9ine has been behind bars since his arrest on racketeering and federal firearm charges on November 18, 2018. Judge Paul Engelmayer released Tekashi from prison because the rapper’s asthma condition was deemed likely to do worse with the coronavirus if it was to catch it.
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Just over a week ago, 6ix9ine’s lawyer Lance Lazzaro asked Judge Engelmayer to let the rapper be homebound due to Tekashi’s medical condition. However, the judge did not have the legal authority to approve it because 6ix9ine had already been convicted and his lawyers had not exhausted their options to place him in house arrest. It was only after Tekashi’s team made it so that Judge Engelmayer could take the next step.
In a letter he wrote on the situation, Judge Engelmayer noted that if he had known that the coronavirus pandemic was going to occur during the last four months of Tekashi’s sentence, the rapper would not have had to serve this sentence in prison.
With this in mind, Engelmayer advised Tekashi’s lawyers to file a compassionate release request with the Prison Office. Dawn Florio, who works as a lawyer for the 6ix9ine case, recounts XXL that the BOP was unable to accede to Tekashi’s request because he is in a private establishment and is not under the control of the office. The rhymer had exhausted all of his options and the decision was now in the hands of the court and government prosecutors.
Court documents XXL Obtained on April 1, Judge Engelmayer acknowledges that 6ix9ine had exhausted all of his options for obtaining a prison release. He then says that if he is legally authorized to do so – that is, if the government does not object to 6ix9ine being remanded in house arrest – he would order the release of Tekashi. In a response letter they tabled the same day, government lawyers said they did not object to the release of 6ix9ine. At this point, it became apparent that the release of 6ix9ine was imminent. Now he’s out from behind bars.
Although Tekashi’s sentence should not end before four months, it seems that the worst part of his sentence has ended. On December 18, 2019, about two months after 6ix9ine’s testimony against his colleagues Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods as part of an agreement to reduce his sentence, the rapper from Brooklyn was sentenced to 24 months behind bars and five years of supervised release.
As he had already been behind bars since November 2018, 6ix9ine was only ordered to serve another 11 months after receiving his conviction and is expected to be released in November. Due to a government law which stipulates that an inmate should only serve 85% of his time behind bars with good behavior, he is expected to be released in August.
Tekashi was arrested on November 18, 2018 by officers from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in New York, as well as five other members of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods. The men were all arrested for racketeering and firearms.
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