The 23-year-old American rapper, Tekashi 6ix9ine, has been released from federal prison early Thursday afternoon into house arrest over fears that his chronic asthma puts him in the high-risk category of contracting Coronavirus.
The decision to release him to home confinement comes as New York City is battling the spread of the coronavirus, including in prisons and jails with at least 180 cases of coronavirus already confirmed at several jails in the City.
U.S. District Judge who sentenced the rapper to prison, ordered the rapper’s release from Queens Detention Facility following a petition by his lawyers. Lance Lazzaro, 6ix9ine’s lawyer, argued the rapper faced higher risks from the coronavirus because of his severe asthma
6ix9ine will serve his first four months of home incarceration with supervision, which will be enforced by GPS monitoring. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, he will have to stay at his residence unless he asks permission from the probation department to seek medical treatment or talk with his lawyer.
6ix9ine, was sentenced to two years in prison late last year on nine charges including conspiracy to murder and armed robbery at an upstate New York prison.