Tekashi 6ix9ine's request for prison release over coronavirus fears is denied

Tekashi 6ix9ine has had his request to serve the remainder of his prison sentence at home denied by a judge.

The STOOPID singer is currently serving a two year sentence for racketeering and had reportedly ‘begged’ a judge to release him over fears he could catch coronavirus.

With just months left of his prison sentence, Tekashi had requested permission to serve the remainder at home, but TMZ reports his request was denied in court.

In new legal documents, obtained by the publication, the judge refused to release Tekashi, stating that the court ‘lacks the legal authority to grant his request’.

The judge, however, did suggest Tekashi – real name Daniel Hernandez – take his request to the Bureau of Prisons instead.

The artist suffers from asthma and his attorney, Lance Lazzaro, asked the judge to release his client immediately over concerns he could catch Covid-19.

Sent on Sunday 22 March, the letter states the concern that having asthma will mean catching the virus will be a lot more serious than if a normal person got it.

Tekashi recently suffered from ‘shortness of breath’, but prison officials allegedly won’t let him see a medical expert.

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The 23-year-old is due to be released from prison on 2 August, after being sentenced to 24 months behind bars, with five years of supervised release.

He was arrested in November 2018 and had faced 47 years in prison after admitting to joining the Nine Trey Bloods gang which he contributed to financially.

He had been facing federal counts including charges of racketeering, conspiracy, drug trafficking and firearms offences. Judge Paul Englemayer also imposed 300 hours of community service on release and a fine of $35,000 (£27,000).

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