Houston, TX – A Houston judge has reportedly issued a bench warrant for Tekashi 6ix9ine’s arrest despite his current incarceration. The controversial rap figure was expected to appear in court on Thursday (December 20) for an alleged assault that went down at H-Town’s Galleria Mall in January.

According to TMZ, the judge knew about 6ix9ine’s situation but simply followed protocol and issued the warrant anyway. The Brooklyn-bred artist was accused of choking 16-year-old Santiago Albarran during a scuffle at the mall.

Albarran and 6ix9ine shook hands and posed for a picture following an October hearing. Albarran ultimately decided he didn’t want to prosecute.

6ix9ine’s attorney, Carl Moore, refused to strike a plea deal because he believes the case should be dropped. Taking a plea would also result in a conviction, which would hurt 6ix9ine’s pending federal case.

The 22-year-old rapper is presently behind bars at a New York facility on several felonious charges, including racketeering. His hearing is set for September 4, 2019. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.