New York, NY – Judge Paul Engelmayer has reportedly denied Tekashi 6ix9ine’s petition to finish his sentence at home. According to TMZ, Engelmayer said his time in prison is “necessary in this case … [to] reflect the seriousness of his crimes.”
He added granting 6ix9ine’s request would “eliminate the remaining prison component of his sentence in favor of lesser forms of confinement.” One of 6ix9ine’s attorneys, Dawn Florio, says they’re appealing the decision.
The embattled rapper was sentenced in his racketeering case last month. With time served, he’s expected to be out in November 2020. Due to the 85 Percent rule, he could be out as early as July 2020.
[This article has been updated. The following was published on January 14, 2020.]
Tekashi 6ix9ine has been behind the four walls of a New York City prison for the past 14 months. Now, it appears his patience is running out. According to TMZ, 6ix9ine’s attorney Lance Lazzaro has filed paperwork asking a judge to allow the embattled rapper to finish out his sentence at home.
The Brooklynite claims his safety is “seriously at risk” due to his role as a government witness. During the trial against alleged Nine Trey Gangster Bloods Aljermiah “Nuke” Mack and Anthony “Harv” Ellison last October, he ratted out several key players of the gang. He says the private jail where he’s currently serving his sentence is full of Bloods.
6ix9ine was finally sentenced in his racketeering case last month. Judge Paul Engelmayer read the 6ix9ine the riot act for nearly an hour but gave him credit for his cooperation. He was ultimately given an additional 24 months in prison with five years supervised release, 300 hours of community service and a $35,000 fine.
With time served, he’s expected to be out in November 2020. However, due to the 85 Percent rule, he could be out as early as July 2020. The 85 Percent Rule means after an offender has served at least 85 percent of their sentence and maintained a good institutional record while behind bars, they can be released for a period of post-release supervision.
“We are a little disappointed, we were expecting time served because that is what the parole board recommended, but it was in the judge’s hands,” Lazzaro told Hollywood Life shortly after the hearing. “Daniel [Hernandez] will have to serve another seven months and 12 days because the time he’s already served will count towards his sentence.
“The best thing to come out of today was closure, he knows he’ll be home in July and then he can focus on rebuilding his career and relationships.”
6ix9ine reportedly signed a $10 million record contract for two albums while behind bars. It’s unclear if that offer will still stand following his release.