Despite previous reports indicating that Tekashi 6ix9ine is facing a 37-year prison sentence at his sentencing date this Wednesday (Dec. 18), new information suggests he might walk away free that day, instead.
According to On Smash, the U.S. Federal Government, probation department and defense attorney have agreed to give 6ix9ine time served. The outlet reports that the rapper will be released from prison on Wednesday (Dec. 18), after serving about a year in federal prison.
The outlet also writes that 6ix9ine is expected to leave court that day with security after Judge Paul Engelmayer delivers his final sentencing. New York attorney, Moe Gangat, supported the claim on Instagram.
“Look for Tekashi to get out this Wednesday, December 18 with a sentence of time served,” Gangat said in an Instagram video included in the On Smash report. “When it’s all said and done, he’s likely to have served just under one year in federal prison.”
“The way federal sentencing works is the government tells the judge what sentence the person should get,” he continued. “Here, the government hasn’t asked for any sentence. When the government doesn’t ask for a sentence, what they’re saying is time served, no sentence.”
In this case, the federal government and defense attorney are allegedly both in agreement toward a time served sentence.
“On the one side is the government and they’re there to prosecute crimes. On the other side is the defense attorney who’s there to defend the accused of crimes,” Gangat said. “The judge is supposed to act as a neutral arbitrator to figure out who has the better argument, then make a decision.”
“In this case, the government is not asking for a sentence. The probation department, also part of the government, is recommending time served,” he added. “The defense attorneys are also recommending time served. So it would take something really extreme, really something unprecedented to give anything other than time served.”
The Blast previously reported that 6ix9ine faced 37 years in his racketeering case, due to his unrelated sexual misconduct charge. The rapper served probation for the charge while he was associated with the Nine Trey Bloods.
Prosecutors, family members and 6ix9ine himself previously advocated for a reduced sentence through letters given to Judge Engelmayer. The official verdict will be delivered on Wednesday (Dec. 18).