Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine may go into witness protection after testifying against fellow gang members
As a part of the plea deal, the 22-year-old has agreed to testify against fellow gang members and revealed his involvement in numerous crimes.
'Fefe' hitmaker Tekashi 6ix9ine could walk away with a significantly smaller jail term than the mooted 47-year sentence he was facing for pleading guilty to nine charges, including conspiracy to murder and armed robbery, after he struck a plea deal with prosecutors and agreed to testify against fellow gang members. He could also be placed into witness protection.
Tekashi, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, was arrested on November 18, 2018, along with three of his associates, and charged with federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and firearms charges, and faced life in prison if convicted.
Earlier this month, on February 1, the 22-year-old pleaded guilty to nine charges, including weapons possession and drug trafficking and faced a mandatory minimum sentence of 47 years during his scheduled January 24, 2020 sentencing. But the rapper struck a plea deal with prosecutors where he agreed to testify against fellow gang members in investigations in exchange for avoiding jail time.
According to the Daily Mail, Tekashi testified before a grand jury as part of his plea agreement and revealed the involvement of him, as well as fellow gang members in numerous crimes over the past few years. During the plea, he said he joined the Nine Trey Gangsters, a supposedly violent sect of street gang Bloods, in the fall of 2017, and that as part of a pledge by new gang members to commit at least two crimes, he helped other members rob victims at gunpoint.
He said he then helped gang members in a hit job, telling Judge Paul A. Engelmayer he did so to "maintain or increase" his standing within the gang. He also said he knew another member of the Nine Trey who had a gun and discharged the gun.
Transcripts from the hearing show the 22-year-old also admitted involvement in the shooting of rapper Chief Keef last June, his role in paying a person to shoot a rival member of Nine Trey to "scare him," and his participation in the sale of a kilogram of cocaine in 2017.
Prosecutors have said that the rapper has been cooperative so far and that the more assistance he provides, the likelier that they will recommend a sentence below the 47-year minimum. "Should the defendant successfully cooperate, the government agrees that it will file at the time of sentencing a motion... for a sentence below any mandatory minimum," the plea agreement read.
But prosecutors also reportedly believe he should be placed under witness protection because of the nature of the individuals who he has implicated in crimes. Speaking about the case, Tekashi's attorney Dawn Florio said, "In the very beginning of the case when we found out that my client’s security was at risk because of threats by his co-defendants, we have done everything to protect himself and his family."
The rapper is currently being held in an undisclosed federal prison.