Tekashi 6ix9ine denied permission to finish prison sentence at home

The rapper reportedly fears for his safety while behind bars

Tekashi 6ix9ine has reportedly been denied permission to serve out the remainder of his prison sentence at home.

The request was made a month after 6ix9ine was handed a two-year prison sentence for racketeering charges. It’s thought, however, that given time already served the rapper could be freed by at least November — if not even the summer (via HipHopDX).

According to TMZ, 6ix9ine — real name Daniel Hernandez — had requested to continue the sentence at home or at a community correctional facility as his attorney, Lance Lazzaro, claimed that his client’s life is in danger due to his co-operation in the trial as a government witness.

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TMZ are now reporting that federal Judge Paul Engelmayer denied the rapper’s request to serve his 24 months under home confinement. The judge ruled that that his prison sentence is “necessary in this case … [to] reflect the seriousness of his crimes.”

He added that granting the rapper’s request would “eliminate the remaining prison component of his sentence in favour of lesser forms of confinement”. Dawn Florio, another of 6ix9ine’s attorneys, told TMZ that they are appealing the decision.

Tekashi 6ix9ine
Tekashi 6ix9ine

Despite facing a minimum of 47 years in prison on charges including attempted murder and conspiracy to distribute heroin, 6ix9ine’s sentence was dramatically slashed after he testified against gang members Anthony “Harv” Ellison and Aljermiah “Nuke” Mack.

A retrial was also sought for Ellison after he was convicted of kidnapping and robbing the rapper.

In November 2019, the 23-year-old artist also wrote a letter of apology to a US judge while he awaited his sentencing.

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According to TMZ, in the letter he wrote of his “gang affiliation” in the hope that he would receive a lenient prison sentence and said he was “remorseful” for his involvement.

Describing his affiliations with the Nine Trey gang, Tekashi spoke of feeling “relief” when he was arrested because the gang had “control of his life”.

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