The rapper Tekashi 69 is receiving an early release from prison due to fears about the spread of COVID-19, a judge ordered Thursday.
U.S. District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer, the judge who sentenced the rapper to prison, advised that he be moved to home confinement for the remaining four months of his two-year prison term. The judge ordered the rapper’s release from Queens Detention Facility following a petition by his lawyers.
The rapper, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, requested compassionate release last month, arguing that his asthma condition made him particularly at-risk during the pandemic.
“Mr. Hernandez has been complaining to prison officials this week of shortness of breath, but apparently the warden of his facility will not allow Mr. Hernandez to go to the hospital despite the recommendation of the facility’s medical director that Mr. Hernandez be treated by a doctor at a hospital,” his lawyers said at the time.
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