American rapper, Tekashi 6ix9ine will not be serving the rest of his prison sentence behind bars after requesting to be released to home to avoid contracting coronavirus because he is classed as a ‘vulnerable’ inmate.
Tekashi – real name Daniel Hernandez – is currently serving a 24-month sentence after pleading guilty to nine charges including conspiracy to murder and armed robbery.
As he had already served 13 months of his two-year sentence in a jail, he was due to be released from an upstate New York prison in August 2020.
Tekashi’s attorney wrote a letter to the courts on Sunday night, explaining why the Gummo rapper was at a high risk for contracting coronavirus.
He disclosed that 6ix9ine had been diagnosed with bronchitis and sinusitis late last year and had been hospitalized to treat both ailments.
Additionally, attorney Lance Lazzaro said that Hernandez had been experiencing shortness of breath and was not being allowed to see a doctor by prison officials.
This may prompt the judge to accept the appeal and grant his release as New York’s COVID-19 cases surpassed 84,000 with 2,220 deaths.