Tekashi 6ix9ine was given a huge break by a judge in his criminal case, and the rapper was sentenced to two years in federal prison, with an additional five years of supervised release. A huge break considered he was facing decades behind bars.
The judge also ordered Tekashi to complete 300 hours of community service when he is released, and pay a $35,000 fine. He addressed him after handing down the sentence, "Mr Hernandez, the worst part is over. There is a great deal to be admired about you. You're learned a hard lesson here. I wish you very very well."
It appears the rapper will get credit for time served and will be out in just 11 months.
The judge spoke of Tekashi's cooperation with prosecutors but also reminded him how serious the crimes are he committed. "For the better part of a year, you were part of a violent gang," he said. He then spent time going over each violent act that the rapper was involved in including, "attempting to commit murder."
He also mentioned many of the violent attacks were for the benefit of Tekashi, saying the Bloods gang had no interest in music or hip-hop management until he was involved.
In a shocking moment, the judge told him, "Bruce Springsteen sang about murder," making the point that joining the gang was a choice and not just artistic license.
He went on to say, "You are world famous for cooperating. No gang will want to work with you. Everything I've seen suggests to me this has been a searing experience for you."
In the hearing, Tekashi's lawyers told the judge "When you get to know him, he's not a bad kid. If given a second chance by your Honor, I believe you will never see him again."
Sentenced To 2 Years Behind Bars
Tekashi addressed the judge telling him, "Your Honor, I really don't know where to start. [Pause]. This past year, I can't describe it...I denounced being Nine Trey before the arrest. I was aware that the mother of my child was having sexual relations with Kifano Jordan. Via text messages. I was already kidnapped by Anthony Ellison.
The rapper addressed the shooting victim in the courtroom saying, "I put myself into this position from Day One. I allowed them in. That was my decision. To the lady who came forward, Ms. LL, I don't know you. I'm sorry for what happened."
The 'Gummo' rapper appeared in a New York Federal Courtroom today, where he was forced to listen to one of his victims plead with the court to give him a longer sentence. The victim, was shot in the foot during a shooting involving the rapper.
Tekashi: I'm Human, I Have Organs Like Everyone Else
Tekashi read a letter he had written for the hearing and described meeting children with cancer, and using his platform for positivity. "I realized I was not just a kid with rainbow hair and 69 tats - Franklin told me I was hope. Then I met another girl named Tati. She broke out of her shell. It was September. The family was struggling. I took them school shopping for the year," he said.
He continued, "If I can be strong, they can be strong. When people see me, they don't only see Tekashi 69, the arrogant - I'm a human, I got organs just like everyone in this room. They see Daniel Hernandez, not Tekashi 69"
Sentenced Reduced For His Cooperation
The judge in the case acknowledged Tekashi's work testifying against his fellow Nine Trey Gang Members and allowing prosecutors to secure lengthy sentences for those involved with the gang's most violent and criminal activities.
In September, Tekashi (aka Daniel Hernandez) testified in open court against two Nine Trey members: Anthony “Harv” Ellison and Aljermiah “Nuke” Mack. On his very first day of testimony 69 pointed out gang members in his videos for 'Gummo' and 'Kooda' the first day of his testimony, Hernandez pointed out alleged Nine Trey members who were in his videos for “GUMMO” and “KOODA.”
Hernandez went on to snitch against rapper Jim Jones saying he was a member of Nine Trey, and telling the court that Cardi B was too a member of the Bloods.
At some point, he also identified Trippie Redd and Casanova as part of the Bloods gang, and that Chief Keef was with the Black Disciples.
Based on his sentence Tekashi is expected to enter some sort of witness protection following the hearing.
During his testimony, Tekashi admitted that his crew robbed several people coming out of a rap studio in 2018. As we reported, the two victims in that case filed impact statements with the court that weighed in on today's decision.
Shooting Victim Addressed Court Against Rapper
In one of the letter's, obtained by The Blast, the victims explained "More than a year and a half since April 3, 2018, I am still discovering all the ways that I am suffering and continue to suffer from the attack that I survived, orchestrated by Tekashi69. Once a thriving publicist, videographer, film editor, this violent event has set my life on the wrong course, and destroyed the normal adulthood that I was striving for."
He continued, "I along with Skyy, was assaulted at gunpoint by a group of masked men. I am ex-military and seen my share of violence but never have I been so scared as the cold, hard metallic gun was pressed against my abdomen. As much as I want to say how fast it happened, I cannot because in that moment, my life flashed before my eyes. I was not going to be able to say goodbye to my mother."
Will Remain Behind Bars
A music publicist, Skyy, also filed a letter with the court, describing the trauma she went through and how it now affects her life on a day to day basis.
"After the event, I refused to sleep alone. I stayed at my partner’s home, to continue to stay under the radar. This provided some ease until I found out that Tekashi69 was arrested and his home was raided…Incidentally, my own apartment was up the street from the home that was raided. I was within walking distance of his very headquarters of operation. Safe to say I did not return to my apartment and would not renew my lease," she wrote.
She told the judge, "I am appalled and disgusted by this evil person that is Tekashi69.
In the letter, Skyy says, 'Presently, I am on various anxiety medications and sleep aids. Sadly, I am unable to eat at times, unable to sleep, having nightmares, and has also been suffering from depression. How much is my life worth? How much was my assistant’s life worth? Did I deserve to die, hundreds of thousands of miles away from my grandchildren? I feel that Daniel Hernandez, Tekashi, is liable and should be held legally and monetarily responsible for emotional distress, damages, losses and so much more."
Tekashi will served the rest of his sentence in a New York Federal Prison.