Tekashi 6ix9ine facing life in jail pleads guilty
The rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine went ahead and pleaded guilty and admitted that he was part of a violent gang.
He actually pleaded guilty to nine counts of racketeering conspiracy, firearms offenses and narcotics trafficking in his current criminal case and it seems he will cooperate with federal prosecutors, which is based on certain unsealed court documents. The charges he is faced with are based on his involvement with a violent street gang in New York called the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods.
Tekashi 6ix9ine’s real name is Daniel Hernandez, revealed in court that he joined the gang in the fall of 2017. The gang’s code of conduct is to “preserve and enhance the power of the Nine trey.” He said in his statement that he helped rob people for the gang and once paid someone to shoot a rival gang member all so that he could “maintain or increase my own standing in Nine Trey.” Hernandez or rather Tekashi 6ix9ine also admitted that he sold heroin and participated in an attempted murder of another rival gang member.
He stated the following in court: “At all times I knew that these actions were wrong and in violation of the law. I apologize to the court, to anyone who was hurt, to my family, friends and fans for what I have done and who I have let down.” Hernandez’s sentencing date hasn’t been determined just yet, but he could be facing up to life in prison although it is unclear if his statements and cooperation with authorities will affect his sentence in any way shape or form.
Tekashi 6ix9ine started his career on Soundcloud and gained quite a following. He got his following because of the fact that his music was rather unique. A New York Times music critic called him a “brute-force screamer, in that he “thrives on raps and repetition, as if constantly looking to pick a fistfight.” Tekashi 6ix9ine’s debut single Gummo actually rose to No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and went certified platinum. As a full blown mainstream artist he released the song Fefe with Nicki Minaj which went till No.3. His debut album Dummy Boy was released in late November and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.
Of course his fame wasn’t the only thing that came his way. In October he avoided jail time after he admitted to having made and distributed sexually explicit videos of a 13 year old girl in 2015. He was sentence to 4 years of probation and 1000 hours of community service.
His attorney Lance Lazzaro made the following statement “My client is completely innocent of all charges being brought against him. An entertainer who portrays a ‘gangster image’ to promote his music does not make him a member of an enterprise. Mr. Hernandez became a victim of this enterprise and later took steps by firing employees and publicly denounced this enterprise through a morning show. Threats were then made against his life which resulted in this case being brought immediately.”
I will keep you guys updated on what his final sentence will be.