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Judge lets rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine go home, citing COVID-19

A judge sentenced the rapper in December
Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine sentenced to 2 years in prison for racketeering, firearms and drug offenses
Posted at 10:03 AM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 10:03:12-04

NEW YORK - A New York judge has ordered the rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine immediately freed from a Manhattan federal jail because his asthma puts him in danger of the coronavirus.

U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer ruled Thursday that the 23-year-old performer, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, can serve the last four months of his two-year prison sentence in home confinement.

The judge sentenced the rapper in December after he cooperated with prosecutors against members of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods gang.

Without cooperation, he could have faced a mandatory minimum 37 years in prison for crimes that included orchestrating a shooting in which an innocent bystander was wounded.