Fefe star, real name Daniel Hernandez, was sentenced to 24 months in prison for gang-related activity in December, but last month his lawyers called on judge Paul Engelmayer to free him from the center of Queens detention because the asthma victim has a higher rate. risk of health complications if he contracts COVID-19 while behind bars.
Judge Engelmayer initially dismissed the petition, saying he did not have the power to release Tekashi, and instructed his legal representatives to raise the issue with officials from the Bureau of Prisons.
They also rejected the request, insisting that they had no control over the Queens Private Detention Center, chief lawyer Lance Lazarro to report the case to Judge Engelmayer and seek his assistance.
The Manhattan Federal Court judge conceded and explained on Wednesday his intention to let Tekashi go home, pending objections from the prosecutors – whom there were none.
According to documents obtained by the New York Post, Tekashi has since been released from federal police custody on grounds of “compassionate release” and will spend the next four months in “house arrest”, where he will have to wear a GPS tracking device.
“The accused must remain at home except to obtain necessary medical care or to visit his lawyer, in each case, with advance notice and the approval of the probation service,” Engelmayer wrote in his order.
Before the coronavirus chaos, Tekashi was scheduled to receive early release from prison and return home in late July.