Tekashi 6ix9ine suffers from asthma and was hospitalized last year with bronchitis and sinusitis.
As such, 6ix9ine's lawyer Lance Lazzaro wrote a letter to Judge Engelmayer this weekend, explaining that his client has been suffering shortness of breath and other possible symptoms of Coronavirus and should be released from prison early.
Prosecutor Geoffrey Berman isn't having it. In a response letter addressed to the Engelmayer, Berman acknowledged 6ix9ine may be at risk for the Coronavirus but vehemently opposed letting him out of prison before his August 1 release date.
"Although the defendant’s medical condition makes him an at-risk individual with respect to the COVID-19 virus, the facility where the defendant is housed has been treating his condition and has a plan in place to separate and treat inmates suspected of contracting the virus." Berman wrote. "Accordingly, because the Government is unaware of any authority that would permit the Court to temporarily release the defendant pending the result of the COVID-19 outbreak, and because the facility has been managing the defendant’s asthma condition, the Government opposes the defendant’s request for early release."
In other words, if he dies he dies.