Federal prosecutors argued in court papers filed Friday that Tekashi 6ix9ine‘s kidnapper is a violent high-ranking member of the Nine Trey gang and could be a menace to the community if sprung from prison due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“His leadership role in an incredibly violent gang, his participation in a gunpoint kidnapping and robbery, and his horrific slashing of an unarmed and unsuspecting victim — all illustrate the continuing danger Ellison would pose to the community if his application were granted,” wrote prosecutor Michael Longyear of defendant Anthony “Harv” Ellison.
A jury convicted Ellison in October 2019 of the gun-point kidnapping and robbery of Tekashi and the ear-to-chin face slashing of a rival a few months later.
The prosecutor’s letter opposing his release comes two days after Ellison’s attorneys urged the court to free him from the Metropolitan Correctional Center on $200,000 bail into home confinement in Brooklyn.
Lawyer Deveraux Cannick argued that Ellison, 32, suffers from asthma and his health would be in “great peril” if he contracted the virus.
But Longyear questioned the severity of Ellison’s alleged illness, noting that the defendant didn’t mention he had asthma when probation asked about his health after his conviction in October 2019.
Ellison, who is awaiting sentencing and faces a guideline of 30 years to life in prison, has every reason to flee, Longyear wrote in the letter to Judge Paul Engelmayer. He was even disciplined at MCC for assaulting another inmate in January, the filing says.
Meanwhile, Tekashi — whose real name is Daniel Hernandez — was released to home confinement earlier this month to serve out the remainder of his two-year sentence. The rapper-turned-snitch had faced decades in prison before pleading guilty to racketeering and other charges and agreeing to cooperate with the government.
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