Tekashi 6ix9ine Is Not Going Free — Judge Sentences Rapper To 24 Months
By Peyton Blakemore
December 18, 2019
Tekashi 6ix9ine will be spending the next two years in federal prison.
On Wednesday (December 18), a judge sentenced the "FEFE" rapper, born Daniel Hernandez, to 24 months in prison with five years of supervised release despite the government's request that the rapper be released for time served.
According to Inner City Press, Judge Paul Engelmayer said 13 months in federal custody was not enough. "For the better part of a year, you were part of a violent gang. So that there is no misunderstanding, here is a specific account of those act. First came [Trippie Redd]... You decided to shoot at a member of [Trippie Redd's] entourage," the Inner City Press live-tweeted of Judge Engelmayer's words. "Jordan fired into the sprinter van, in the Times Square area. It is a matter of sheer luck that an innocent person or people was not wounded or killed."
Inner City Press added that the judge noted that when Tekashi pled guilty, he "admitted to attempting to commit murder." The judge went on to recall 6ix9ine's previous offenses as well as his involvement in a number of illicit activities conducted by members of his team. "Apart from the number and vengefulness of these attack, there's also that they were to benefit you. Before you, the gang didn't fight with rap entourages. They had no independent interest in going after musicians and their management groups," said Judge Engelmayer, per Inner City Press. "You used Nine Trey as a potent means of getting even with your rivals. You claim you 'foolishly commingled with members of the gang' - but it's more than that. The attacks would not have happened without you."
The judge didn't let up, he added that he rejected the portrait of 6ix9ine as a "passive participant" in illegal activity, saying his relationship with the gang was symbiotic as he benefited as much from them as they benefited from him. Adding that 6ix9ine joined the gang unnecessarily and his excuse for why he joined was one he was not buying since he was a successful artist when he willingly decided to work with the gang.
However, Judge Engelmayer eventually credited 6ix9ine for his "courageous" testimony, stating that the rapper's "cooperation enabled the government to take down a violent gang, beyond the six including you named in the initial indictment."
He concluded his statement, saying, "I do not expect you to be tempted to commit violence again. If you do, I am the judge in your case. And your economic self interest. You have struck a lucrative deal. The situation is unusual. You are very fortunate. You will land on your feet. So far your story appears to prove that there is no such thing as bad publicity... In the end my judgment is that 13 months is not enough ... Mr Hernandez, if you expected to be released today, you will be disappointed. But you were wise to cooperate. Your cooperation will result in years more liberty... It is the judgment of the court you are to serve a term of 24 months in prison, with five years of supervised release."
6ix9ine additionally wrote a letter, obtained by TMZ, to the presiding judge in his case expressing regret for his past actions and asking for a second chance. He also referenced his scrupulous testimony where he not only named names — he alleged that Jim Jones, Cardi B, Trippie Redd, and many more artists are all gang affiliated— he also revealed his role in Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods and previously unknown details about the gang's activity.
As fans know, 6ix9ine faced 37 years behind bars after entering a guilty plea for nine federal charges, including multiple counts of racketeering, conspiracy, firearms offenses, and narcotics trafficking.
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