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Tekashi 6ix9ine sentenced to two years in prison

By | Published on Thursday 19 December 2019

Tekashi 6ix9ine

Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine – real name Daniel Hernandez – has been sentenced to two years in prison having previously pleaded guilty to various criminal charges relating to his past involvement with the Nine Trey Bloods street gang in New York. The judge ordered a more lenient sentence after the rapper testified against other members of the gang.

Hernandez has already been in custody for thirteen months, which will count toward his sentence, meaning he should be out of prison before the end of next year. He will also be placed on probation for five years, have to carry out 300 hours of community service and pay a fine of $35,000.

Due to the potential danger he has placed himself in by testifying against other gang members, it is likely that Hernandez will be offered the opportunity to enter the witness protection programme upon his release. However, he has said that he hopes to continue performing, and in court said that he wanted to use his fame for good.

Before his sentencing, he told the judge that he wanted the opportunity to change his life and inspire other young people to do the same, saying: “I failed these people. They believed in Daniel Hernandez. I was too busy making the negative image in my 69 persona. I know God has a bigger plan for me. I want to inspire the youth that it’s never too late to change. If I can change for the better, so can they”.

The rapper was arrested last year on an assortment of firearm and racketeering charges. He was facing a potential sentence of 47 years in prison. Then, in February this year, he admitted to nine of the criminal charges filed against him as part of a plea deal.

Having previously maintained his innocence of all charges, as part of that plea deal he admitted to having been a member of Nine Trey since 2017. Among the nine crimes he pleaded guilty to were helping gang members to try to kill a rival last year, helping others to rob people at gunpoint, and being involved in a deal to sell a kilogram of cocaine.

At the point he was arrested, Hernandez was preparing to release his debut album as Tekashi 6ix9ine, ‘Dummy Boy’. The album release was postponed once he was taken into custody – although it briefly leaked on his own website – and remains unreleased.