At the end of 2019, the conclusion of Tekashi 6ix9ine’s publicly divisive federal trial in mid-December sent shockwaves through social media when the Brooklyn rapper was sentenced to 24 months in prison.
According to reports, the time he’d spent at a federal correctional facility while his federal racketeering case was ongoing was also included in that sentence. As such, Tekashi is anticipated to be released from jail sometime in late 2020. However, he might be coming home much sooner, and if Tekashi has his way, on house arrest as well.
On Tuesday (Jan. 14), Complex reported that they have obtained legal documents filed by Tekashi’s lawyer, Lance Lazzaro, wherein the rapper requested to serve out the remainder of his prison term under home confinement or in a community correctional facility.
According to Complex, Tekashi fears that his life may be “seriously at risk,” as there are other members of the Blood gang at the prison where he is currently housed. He is reportedly concerned that they may want to harm him amid his highly publicized court testimonies against their fellow gang associates from the Nine Trey Bloods faction.
If you’ll recall, Tekashi originally faced a life-long bid in prison after he was charged with nine federal counts including (but not limited to) racketeering, conspiracy, weapon possession and drug trafficking. He later pleaded guilty to the charges and became an informant for the federal authorities, which leads him to the current legal predicament.
Lazzaro wrote: “given the significant and ongoing threat to Hernandez’s safety as a result of his past and potential future cooperation, the government has filed papers which force Hernandez to remain incarcerated at a private jail in an effort to secure his safety. However, even at the private jail, Hernandez is still housed with various members of the Bloods.”
If his request is approved, Tekashi can expect a head start on his mandated five years of supervised release.
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