Tekashi69 Is Seeking Early Release Amid Coronavirus Crisis
Tekashi69 has asked for early release from his two-year sentence due to the risks of a coronavirus outbreak behind bars, saying he’s suffering from shortness of breath.
The notorious rapper-turned-cooperator is expected to complete his sentence on July 31. In a new letter, Tekashi’s attorney, Lance Lazzaro asks Judge Paul Engelmayer to give him home confinement as soon as possible.
“While I recognize that his release date is only about four months away, given the health crisis that is currently tearing through this region and Mr. Hernandez’s compromised medical condition, please strongly consider modifying Mr. Hernandez’s sentence so as to immediately make him eligible for home confinement,” Lazzaro wrote in a letter filed in Manhattan Federal Court late Sunday.
“It seems like just a matter of time before all prisons in the area are hit with this virus, both inmates and guards. Mr. Hernandez has been complaining to prison officials this week of shortness of breath, but apparently the warden of his facility will not allow Mr. Hernandez to go to the hospital despite the recommendation of the facility’s medial director that Mr. Hernandez be treated by a doctor at a hospital.”
Tekashi, whose real name is Daniel Herndez, suffers from asthma. He was hospitalized for treatment of bronchitis and sinusitis on Oct. 31, the letter revealed.
“Given that Mr. Hernandez is at very high risk of death or serious complications if he contracts the coronavirus, please issue an order modifying his sentence to allow him to begin home confinement immediately. Most inmates with his 24-month sentence would already be on home confinement or a half-way house, but as your Honor may recall, Mr. Hernandez’s status as a cooperating witness and a government hold has made him ineligible for these programs,” Lazzaro wrote.
Tekashi, the trash-talking rapper behind hits like “GUMMO” and “FEFE,” cooperated with prosecutors against his former friends in the Nine Trey Bloods. He took the stand for the government last year against two Nine Trey members — a decision that has resulted in him serving his sentence in an undisclosed location.