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Judge: Tekashi 6ix9ine probably belongs at home, not jail

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Posted at 7:43 PM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 19:43:08-04

NEW YORK — The judge who sentenced the rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine to prison said he would have ordered home confinement if he knew about the coronavirus in December.

U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer on Wednesday rejected a lawyer's request that the 23-year-old performer, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, be confined at home for the last four months of his two-year term.

The Manhattan jurist said he didn't have legal authority to change his sentence. But he issued “instructive guidance” to the Bureau of Prisons to let it know he would have sentenced the rapper to home confinement had he known about coronavirus and that Tekashi 6ix9ine's asthma makes him vulnerable.