Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine is fighting to get out of prison early — claiming he is at high risk of dying from the coronavirus and already suffering from “shortness of breath,” according to a legal filing.
Lawyers for the rainbow-haired snitch — real name Daniel Hernandez — argued that he needs to be released to home confinement because his asthma and history of bronchitis and sinusitis put him at serious risk.
“It seems like just a matter of time before all prisons in the area are hit with this virus, both inmates and guards,” argued his attorney, Lance Lazzaro, saying it would potentially be a “risk to his life.”
The 23-year-old former Nine Trey Gansta Bloods gang member is particularly alarmed because he is already sick, the filing claims, without specifically saying he fears he has COVID-19.
“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,” Lazzaro wrote to Manhattan federal Judge Paul Engelmayer.
The “Gummo” singer — who copped to racketeering and other charges — had faced decades in prison before flipping on his former crew and turning government witness.
He was sentenced in December to two years in prison — and is already due to get out early, with his release date now July 31, his attorney wrote.
“While I recognize that his release date is only about four months away, given the health crisis that is currently tearing through this region and Mr. Hernandez’s compromised medical condition, please strongly consider modifying Mr. Hernandez’s sentence so as to immediately make him eligible for home confinement,” Lazzaro asked the judge.
The filing, dated Sunday, said the rapper “suffers from asthma and has regularly been hospitalized,” with him also taken to a hospital for bronchitis and sinusitis last October “while incarcerated.”
“Your Honor has likely heard that this virus can be deadly for individuals with pre-existing conditions (including those who suffer from asthma) and/or compromised immune systems,” Lazzaro wrote.
“Given that Mr. Hernandez is at very high risk of death or serious complications if he contracts the coronavirus, please issue an order modifying his sentence to allow him to begin home confinement immediately,” the filing asked.
Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is one of at least 38 inmates in New York — including at Rikers — testing positive for the virus, according to reports on Sunday.