Brooklyn-based rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine has been sentenced to two years in prison on Wednesday by a federal judge due to his previous involvement with a gang known as the Nine Trey Gangsta Blood. According to TMZ, the rapper, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez already has spent a year and one month in jail at Rikers Island since his arrest in November 2018. His time already spent will count towards the two year sentence indicates he basically has 11 months left. He is expected to be released on a 5 year supervised sentence in the final months of 2020. He will have to pay a $35,000 fine and complete 300 hours of community service.
According to Newsweek, within 24 hours of being apprehended, he entered a guilty plea and went on to testify against two other gang members in his faction. The rapper pleaded guilty on nine charges which include armed robbery and drug trafficking as a part of his plea deal. Despite the cooperation, U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer classified Hernandez’s acts with the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods “too violent” to release him soon after sentencing.
In a letter to Engelmayer, he wrote “I still consider myself a role model to millions of people as an artist, a celebrity and as a human being. I’m happy that the public was able to witness me dealing with the consequences of my actions because I feel like it sheds light on what can come from gang affiliation.” Although, previously faced with the possibility of life in prison, Hernandez regretfully addressed his crimes before the hearing. “I am not a victim. I put myself into this position from day one. I allowed them in. That was my decision,” he stated to the jury. “Your Honor, allow me to inspire people. Not only the young people here, but the millions around the world listening and watching.” Prosecutors expressed concerns over his safety, stating that his actions may provoke other Nine Trey gang members to seek revenge. Despite those worries, the ‘Gummo’ rapper previously refused to enter the government protection program upon his release, stating that he still wishes to continue performing. Even though Hernandez’s lawyers were seeking for an immediate release with time served being his main punishment, Judge Paul Engelmayer disagreed, stating “In my judgment, your conduct is too violent and selfish to make 13 months reasonable. You will not be going free today,”
Hernandez’s testimony against his former gang has mostly earned him mockery on social media. Especially now that he has received only two years after already facing a possible sentence of 47 years. It is unclear as to how Tekashi is going to spend his life once outside of prison. In a letter to the judge before sentencing he stated that he wanted to encourage others to avoid getting involved with gangs. Prosecutors sent their own letter that Hernandez and his family will need to “take extra safety precautions” in the future thanks to his cooperation.