TMZ - 3:10 PM PT -- We've obtained docs that further explain the judge's decision ... saying they believe Tekashi is no longer considered a threat to society and he'd already served most of his sentence. They also delayed submitting the court ruling until he was safely at home.
Tekashi 6ix9ine has the coronavirus to thank for an even earlier prison release than expected -- the judge just signed off on his request to get out to avoid infection from the coronavirus.
The judge agreed Thursday the rapper should be granted a compassionate release, effective immediately, from the NY facility where he's been held. Instead of serving the rest of his 2-year sentence behind bars ... he'll do it at home.
Tekashi will be on supervised release. During his first 4 months of home incarceration, he'll have a GPS monitor and must remain at an address approved by his probation officer. According to the judge's order, he can only leave if he needs to seek necessary medical treatment or visit his attorney -- and he must get pre-approval from the probation department.
If, for any reason, the GPS monitoring is not available or malfunctioning ... Tekashi must have a daily videoconference with his probation officer. So, he'll be like most of us ... suddenly using Zoom, Skype or FaceTime to stay connected.
Tekashi's lawyers, Lance Lazzaro and Dawn Florio, were going back and forth filing motionsto gain his release. At first, Judge Engelmayer denied 6ix9ine's request because he said he didn't technically have the power to release him.
He directed the team to file a request with the Bureau of Prisons and said they were the ones who could bust him out early ... but then that department said they couldn't help him because Tekashi was in a private facility under the watch of the U.S. Marshals Service, instead of a BOP facility.
As a result, the ball was back in Judge Engelmayer's court, and hizzoner just handed down the order releasing Tekashi to serve the remainder of his sentence in home confinement.
BTW ... prosecutors said they had no objection to the compassionate release so long as the judge found there were indeed "extraordinary and compelling reasons" due to his medical conditions that'd place him at high risk during the outbreak. Yep, he did.
You'll recall ... Tekashi was supposed to be getting out later this summer after his conviction on racketeering charges last year. But, in light of the COVID-19 outbreak -- and preexisting conditions, he claims he is potentially high-risk in a prison setting -- 6ix9ine took the opportunity to ask to be sent home even earlier.
Well, Tekashi is officially a free man..... sort of. He's out of prison and serving the remainder of his two-year sentence on house arrest due to his chronic asthma that makes him more susceptible to being severely impacted by the coronavirus. His lawyers put in a motion for his release due to the current pandemic and after being initially denied, was eventually granted by Judge Engelmayer after the appeal was eventually rerouted back to his desk. Therefore, making Tekashi maybe one of the only people on planet earth that has been positively impacted by COVID-19. Where Tekashi goes from here, I'm not really sure. When will he speak? When will he show his face? Does he just pop up on one of Torey Lanez IG lives and continue to tell everyone to suck his dick while he lets his nuts drag? The world is awaiting to hear from the most famous rat in American history since Henry Hill (played by Ray Liotta in GoodFellas). Is he even allowed to make music? Is he even allowed to use social media/internet? Who the fuck knows at this point. The conditions of his release are being withheld at this point in time other than him having to wear a GPS monitor and being in a location approved by his probation officer (yeah, no shit). All we really know right now is that it is confirmed Tekashi 6ix9ine is out of prison as of today, is with US Marshals and is going to be in undisclosed location under house arrest.
@innercitypress on twitter (Matthew Russell Lee) has done a really great job covering the case and proceedings if you're interested in further details. He has been in the courthouse for the entire trial and all of the hearings including today. Below are some links of content he's posted today involving Tekashi 6ix9ine and his release.
The tweet below has a link to the article explaining in full detail how the entire process of the release went down including lawyers motions to the court and Tekashi being held with US Marshals. Conditions to this point are being withheld.