Tekashi 6ix9ine admits to being a member of violent Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods gang, agrees to cooperate for reduced sentence
Daniel Hernandez aka Tekashi 6ix9ine admitted to the court that he was a member of the violent drug-trafficking gang Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods and pleaded guilty to numerous charges
Daniel Hernandez, better known by his moniker Tekashi 6ix9ine, has cooperated with prosecutors and admitted being part of a violent drug-trafficking gang by the name of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods.
According to the New York Times, Tekashi admitted at a federal court hearing in Manhattan on 23 January to being a member of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods and said that he robbed people at gunpoint with the help of his other gang members. In one case, he even admitted that he "helped members of Nine Trey attempt to kill a rival gang member". He said he did it only to maintain or increase his own standing in the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods gang.
Though Tekashi remained incarcerated, he appears remorseful for his actions and apologized to the judge saying he was sorry if he had hurt anyone, whether it was a stranger, his family, friends and even fans for what he had done and who he had let down. He said he is willing to cooperate with the prosecutors.
It is still unclear whether this cooperation will affect his prison sentence. The 22-year-old rapper, along with several gang members and associates of the Nine Trey Gang, was charged last November on racketeering conspiracy and firearms charges, a federal indictment shows.
According to the Times, when the charges were announced, Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, said that the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods “wreaked havoc on New York City, engaging in brazen acts of violence”. The gang members held up a rival gang member at gunpoint near Times Square. Tekashi helped plan the robbery and filmed it from a car, said one prosecutor about an incident which took place last April.
The prosecutor also said that a member of the gang shot at a rival inside Barclays Center, where Tekashi was scheduled to perform and, although no one was hit, Tekashi later posted a video of himself and co-defendants bragging about the shooting.
After his hearing last week, Tekashi pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and eight other charges, for which he could face a minimum of 47 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. However, if Tekashi cooperates successfully, the government has agreed to write to the judge and lower his imprisonment sentence to below the minimum.
Tekashi appears to have sought gang affiliation in order to bolster his credibility among some hip-hop fans, but this stint with crime may just end his rap career.