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Released Early: What Pre-Existing Condition Puts Tekashi 69 at Greater Risk For COVID-19?

Mriganka Chawla

Mriganka Chawla

tekashi 96 released early covid 19

This doesn’t happen on the regular, get the reference? Tekashi 6IX9INE was released from prison today ad the court believes Tekashi is no longer considered a threat to society. Amid the Coronavirus pandemic and given his preexisting health conditions, he was released on compassionate grounds.


The U.S. District Court Judge Paul Engelmayer called the 23-year-old’s case “extraordinary and compelling.”

What is Tekashi’s Pre-Existing Condition That Puts Him At A Greater Risk For COVID-19?

Tekashi, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, suffers from severe asthma, which means he faces an elevated risk of severe medical problems if he were to contract COVID-19 disease behind bars.

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Why Was Tekashi Arrested and When Was He Supposed To Be Released?

Tekashi was supposed to be getting out in early August after his conviction on racketeering charges last year. U.S. District Court Judge Paul Engelmayer said in his order for releasing him, “The COVID-19 pandemic is extraordinary and unprecedented in modern times in this nation. It presents a clear and present danger to free society for reasons that need no elaboration.”

He added, “COVID-19 presents a heightened risk for incarcerated defendants like Mr. Hernandez with respiratory ailments such as asthma.”

Why Was Tekashi Request To Be Freed Denied Earlier?

Over the last two weeks, since the spread of the virus, Lawyers raised concerns that Tekashi69 was at high risk of serious health complications or death. Even though New York is the worse state in the United States, Federal prosecutors initially contested an early release on procedural grounds but they later told Engelmayer in a letter on Wednesday that they no longer opposed it.


Tekashi Had Shortness Of Breath In Prison

Since COVID-19 attacks the respiratory system, people with moderate to severe asthma may be at higher risk of serious illness.

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“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 despite the recommendation of the facility’s medical director that Mr. Hernandez be treated by a doctor at a hospital,” attorney Lance Lazarro wrote on March 24.

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Mriganka Chawla
Mriganka Chawla is the Managing Editor and occasional host at Talent Recap. She is a skincare junkie with the enthusiasm of a 5 year old that likes to dive deep into the rabbit hole of Reddit. Mriganka is an SEO expert, Penn State Alumna and that feminist girl you don't want to ever date. To relax, she likes to watch murder mysteries and paternity court.

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