The judge Paul Engelmayer denied this week the request of Tekashi 6ix9ine serving his sentence at home, for fear of the pandemic spread of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. However, Englemeyer said that he would have ordered the detention of the rapper at home if I had known of the coronavirus when it issued its ruling last December.
“At the time of sentencing… the Court did not know and could not know that the last four months of the judgment of Mr. Hernandez is to be fulfilled at a time of a global pandemic to people with asthma, as Mr. Hernandez, are most vulnerable.”
Engelmayer said that he had no legal authority to change the sentence, something that prosecutors pointed out when they objected to the application of 6ix9ine. He also said he would be issuing a “guide to teaching” that the Bureau of Prisons may be used if considered to be in the future another application of Hernandez, age 23, for a release early to finish serving in the confinement home.
In a letter to the judge, the attorney for Hernandez, Lance Lazarro, revealed that the rapper was diagnosed with bronchitis and sinusitis in October and was denied a trip to the hospital despite the recommendation of the medical director of the center. The lawyer said that the rapper is serving his sentence in a private jail because they cooperated with prosecutors, and because the government has controlled as a cooperator.
Hernandez was arrested in 2018 on charges of organized crime, weapons and drugs, but his testimony against the gang members Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods earned him the leniency, and his cooperation with prosecutors helped him to get a place in a privately run prison for their own safety. The statement of Hernandez was reduced from 37 potential years of prison for crimes which included the orchestration of a shooting in which an innocent passer was injured.
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