Tekashi 6ix9ine, the Brooklyn-based rapper turned government informant, could be released as early as Wednesday—and the internet thinks he’s going to die.
According to lawyer Moe Gangat, who posts law explainer videos on his Instagram, the rapper, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, will likely get released early based on his lawyer’s recommendation for his sentence to be moved down to time served.
Hernandez, who was arrested for racketeering, violent crimes to aid the racketeering, and firearm offenses in connections with the gang Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, has been in custody since November 2018 and was originally meant to serve 47 years to life.
“The government tells the judge what sentence the person should get,” Gangat explained. “Here the government hasn’t asked for any sentence, when the government doesn’t ask for a sentence, what they’re saying is no sentence time served.”
News of Hernandez’s potential release quickly spread around the internet. Many said that if the rapper is released, he will most likely be in danger—and they made memes about the situation.
“Once he gets free he gonna be like this,” user @spicynachoyo wrote with a GIF of Spongebob burying himself in sand.
The jokes about Hernandez’s safety refer to his testimony about other alleged members of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods. After pleading guilty, Hernandez accused several people, including rapper Cardi B, of being members of various gangs. According to Vulture, witness protection services will most likely be required for Hernandez if he is released.
“i’m interested to see how this #6ix9ine shit is gonna unfold,” user @xoxomeelah wrote.
Hernandez’s sentencing is set to take place Wednesday.