Tekashi 69 Released From Prison Early, Judge Recommends Release Because Of COVID-19 Fears
Update April 2, 2020, 1:18 p.m. PST: After being sentenced to two years in prison following a long and highly publicized trial, rapper Tekashi 69 might not have to serve his full sentence.
A judge has formally argued that Tekashi 69, also known as Daniel Hernandez, should be released early from his four-month federal prison stay.
Prosecutors have filed no objection to a judge’s recommendation that Tekashi 69 be released from prison early considering the COVID-19 health crisis.
According to several reports, the rainbow-haired rapper is already out of prison and serving the rest of his time in home confinement. The judge who recommended his early release cited the unique threat of COVID-19 in New York state as a reason for his early release.
Tekashi 69 was serving time in prison for gang-related activity. His trial made headlines around the world because he famously gave names of several gang members to lessen his own sentence.
Original: I’ve seen “Law & Order” enough times to know how the judicial system works. If someone is arrested on whatever charge, the courts can quickly lower those charges if the person accused has information on other suspects with higher crimes. In other words, ‘do I have something you want, and if so, what will give you me if I give you that?’ For an example of this exchange at play, take a look at the case against 6ix9ine.
A federal court judge has sentenced 6ix9ine to only two years in prison in exchange for information that would implicate gang members to another crime.
The rapper, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, has already been in jail for 13 months on charges of firearms and racketeering. Judge Engelmayer was so impressed with the information that 6ix9ine provided that, aside from lowering his sentence, he will also be allowed time severed, which means he only has a couple of months in jail to serve. He could have served 37 years. For the 23-year-old, a 37-year sentence behind bars would have been his entire adult life.
“Your cooperation was impressive. It was game-changing. It was complete, and it was brave,” the judge told Hernandez. It has “brought out the best in you, and you should be proud of yourself for it.”
6ix9ine was very emotional during the sentencing. He was in tears, and he also faced his biological dad for the first time since he was a little kid.
“I know I was wrong,” the Brooklyn-based rapper told the judge, according to the New York Times. “I was weak. I was easily influenced. I can’t believe that was me. Again, your honor, there is no apology good enough.”
The other emotional moment in court came when 6ix9ine saw his biological dad in court. The man who raised him died when 6ix9ine was gunned down near his home in Brooklyn. His real dad appeared in court and wanted to speak in court, but the judge told him no.
“It is way too late,” Judge Engelmayer said, the Times reports. “You squandered that many, many years ago.”
6ix9ine has been in and out of jail for other felony offenses, but it seems this time is trying to turn his life around. That will be a challenge since he ratted out his former gang friends.
A couple of months ago, 6ix9ine testified against gang members of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods. He explained that he began affiliating himself with Nine Trey in 2017 after the release of his single “GUMMO.” One of the men he testified against was his former bodyguard. He told the judge back then that he was tired of being extorted.
However, going against any high-profile gang is risky, and some notable rappers have already called out 6ix9ine for implicating the gang members of Nine Trey.
Aside from watching “Law & Order,” I’ve also seen “The Godfather,” and you never go against the family, even if they aren’t related to you. It’s hard to leave a gang or any high-crime organization, and some famous rappers called 6ix9ine out for being a rat.
Rapper Meek Mill called 6ix9ine an Instagram rapper, which basically means he’s a fake gangster. Then Snoop Dogg called 6ix9ine a straight-up rat. We know 6ix9ine will go to jail for a little more before he is eventually released. We’re just concerned that things might not go well for 6ix9ine while he’s in jail. Inmates don’t take to people who snitch.
It’s unclear if 6ix9ine will go into protective custody after he’s released, but either way, it will be hard for him to clean up his image, especially with all those tats on his face.
However, 6ix9ine’s career plays out, what is done is done. He may have done a positive thing for the greater good, but he may not have friends when he gets out. Make no mistake, 6ix9ine did what was right. He helped put away people who were worse criminals than he was. However, it looks as if he did it out of pure convenience — only to help himself. In the end, that is what implicating others in court is all about. But 6ix9ine better not put out some single after his release in which he is trying to pretend he is someone that he is clearly not — at least not anymore.