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Judge Denies Tekashi 6ix9ine's Request To Serve Out His Prison Sentence At Home
Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine made headlines at his recent trial, where he testified against gang members.
Tekashi 6ix9ine will not be allowed to serve out the remainder of his prison sentence in the comfort of his own home, a judge has ruled.
The 23-year-old rapper, born Daniel Hernandez, was sentenced last month to two years in prison after previously pleading guilty earlier that year to charges relating to racketeering, weapons, and drug trafficking, according to CNN.
Following sentencing, the rapper’s lawyer asked earlier this month that Hernandez be allowed to finish serving the remainder of his time not at the undisclosed prison facility where he currently resides but at home, calling it the “reasonable” choice, Page Six reported.
“Allowing Hernandez to serve the remainder of his jail sentence under home confinement would be the most reasonable means to adjust and prepare for his re-entry into the community,” attorney Lance Lazzaro argued in a recent filing.
Unfortunately for Hernandez, Manhattan federal court judge Paul Engelmayer vetoed that request on January 21 and argued that his original sentence was intended to “reflect the seriousness of his crimes,” according to a new Page Six report.
Hernandez serving out his sentence in an actual prison is “necessary,” the judge said, and added that allowing him to complete his punishment at home would “eliminate the remaining prison component of his sentence in favor of lesser forms of confinement,” TMZ reports.
The young rapper’s decision to testify against Aljermiah Mack and Anthony Ellison, two members of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods gang with which he was previously affiliated, sent shockwaves throughout the hip hop community, with some artists branding him a snitch. However, his willingness to work with the prosecution — providing an “insider’s view” of the gang’s activities, according to his lawyer — led prosecutors to ask for a reduced sentence, and call his input “extraordinary” and “substantial,” according to CNN.
Hernandez initially faced 37 years behind bars, but instead received the two-year sentence, which is to be followed up with five years of probation and 300 hours of community service, the outlet reports.
Hernandez, who began distancing himself from the gang prior to his arrest, repeatedly expressed remorse for his prior connection to the group. After previously apologizing in letters to the court for letting down his fans, he apologized during his sentencing last month to a woman who was injured in a July 2018 shooting that he and other gang members were allegedly involved in, per the outlet’s report.
“I'm sorry for what happened to you that day,” he said.