American rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine – real name Daniel Hernandez – has been sentenced to two years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, by a US court earlier today. The judge ruled that he will also need to serve 300 hours of community service and pay a fine of $35,000 (£26,005), as and when he is released from prison.
According to reports, the last 13 months he has spent in jail will count for his two year sentence, which means the rapper could be released as early as next year.
The rapper was charged for crimes he committed while a member of a violent gang called the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, a branch of the United Blood Nation street gang. According to US media, the charges included racketeering, illegal firearms possession, and aiding in an attempted murder.
Tekashi 6ix9ine previously denied the charges, but later entered a plea bargain giving evidence against other gang members in exchange for a reduced sentence. The rapper was facing a minimum of 47 years and a maximum of life in prison for his crimes, but his plea bargain means he could be released within months. 6ix9ine provided information on gang members Anthony Ellison and Aljermiah Mack and both men have since been convicted.
The rapper joined the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods in 2017 and left less than a year later.
Earlier today, the judge ruled that the 23-year-old “will not be going free today”, but according to US media, commended him for coming forward and pleading guilty to his charges 11 months ago. The judge reportedly said:
“There is a great deal to be admired about you. You’ve learned a hard lesson here. I wish you very very well. We are adjourned.”
According to these same reports, throughout the hearing, the rapper wanted to show young people everywhere that they can make things right after getting caught up in gang crime.
According to Billboard, two victims from an armed robbery – orchestrated by 6ix9ine – on 3rd April 2018 in Manhattan, submitted witness statements the day before 6ix9ine’s sentencing. In the statement they outline the suffering they have endured since that day.
The first victim said that the attack has set his life “on the wrong course”, and “destroyed the normal adulthood” that he was striving for. He added:
“Never have I been so scared as the cold, hard metallic gun was pressed against my abdomen.”
The other victim said the following in her statement:
“As a result of this entire ordeal, I have suffered greatly from mental anguish and emotional distress. So traumatised by this aftermath, that over a year later, I have had a difficult time getting past the incident suffering from what we believe is post-traumatic stress disorder.”
“Ever since, I find myself unable to do the simple things an adult should do.”
We’ll keep you updated on this one.
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