Well, it seems as if the Coronavirus pandemic is at least good for one thing.
Jailed rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine has had his plea for early release denied by a Judge, after attempting to have the remainder of his sentence sat out at home in order to protect himself from contracting COVID-19.
6ix9ine was arrested on racketeering, weapons and drugs charges in 2018 and, in 2015, also plead guilty to using a child in a sexual performance. His 2018 charges landed him in prison, where he is currently set to be released in August.
However, the ‘Gummo’ rapper doesn’t much fancy sticking around his cell until late summer and appealed to the courts to allow him to serve his sentence at home for the next five months.
The judge deemed that the court didn’t have the legal authority to grant the request, meaning Tekashi will now seek help through the Bureau of Prisons, who may well allow him to return home.
Tekashi’s attorney, Lance Lazzaro, told TMZ he believes the judge’s decision “is a strong recommendation to the BOP to release him immediately.”
Lazzaro had written a letter to the judge previously, explaining that because Tekashi suffers from asthma, he is a high risk case should he contract the Coronavirus.
With Tekashi’s health making him more vulnerable, it is probably still likely that he will be able to sit out his remaining months at home, but until then, he must play the waiting game.