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Tekashi 6ix9ine Gets Early Prison Release Due To Coronavirus

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By Adreon Patterson

After prisons have expressed concerns about coronavirus, rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine has been granted an early release from prison due to health concerns.

According to TMZ, The rapper, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, was granted a compassionate release from behind bars, which went into effect April 2.

6ix9ine was released from the New York facility where he was serving a two-year sentence on a series of charges. He will now serve the rest of his time at home under supervised release, per Judge Paul Engelmayer.

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The New York southern district judge granted the rapper's attorney Lance Lazzaro’s request for early release on the condition that Hernandez would remain confined to his home and tracked by GPS.

Engelmayer wrote in the court order, “The defendant must remain at his residence except to seek any necessary medical treatment or to visit his attorney, in each instance with prior notice and approval by the Probation Department."

The serious conditions fell in line with the seriousness of the rapper's charges.

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in conjunction with the GPS and home incarceration, Tekashi will first four months having to wear the monitor while remaining at an address that's been approved by his probation officer.

The judge's order does allow him to travel only if in the case of necessary medical treatment or visit his attorney, which must be approved from the probation department.

The rapper was initially arrested back in November 2018 and entered a plea deal to nine federal charges leveled against him in February 2019. The charges included conspiracy, attempted murder, conspiracy to distribute heroin, and four firearms-related charges.

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The troubled rapper agreed to cooperate and work with federal officials "against multiple violent people associated with the same criminal enterprise of which he admits, or will soon apparently admit, being a member."

As cooperating with the government, he was sentenced to 24 months in prison in December 2019.

Judge Engelmayer mentioned incidents with fellow rappers Casanova, Trippie Redd and Chief Keef. He noted that "before you, the gang didn't fight with rap entourages. They had no independent interest in going after musicians and their management groups... I reject the portrait of you as a passive participant."

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As the coronavirus outbreak continues to rage on, the issue of handling prisoners has been a concern with confirmed cases topping the one million mark on April 2.

Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage (aka Joe Exotic from the Netflix docuseries Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness) has been currently placed in isolation after being transferred to a federal facility near Fort Worth, Texas.

The practice with prisoner transfers has become commonplace as prison look to slow the spread. Even, disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein tested positive for COVID-19 since he began serving his 23-year sentence for rape and sexual assault.

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