The rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine was sentenced to two years in prison Wednesday by a judge who said his extraordinary cooperation with prosecutors let him dodge potential decades in prison but did not absolve him entirely for using a violent gang as his “personal hit squad.”
The 23-year-old performer, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, could have faced a mandatory minimum 37 years in prison for crimes that included orchestrating a shooting in which an innocent bystander was wounded.
In addition to the drastically reduced prison sentence, U.S. District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer also fined him $35,000 and ordered him to perform 300 hours of community service after he pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges accusing him of joining and directing violence by the gang known as Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods.
Tekashi 6ix9ine has already served 13 months and will be released in late 2020.
The three-hour sentencing proceeding Wednesday included plenty of drama, including a moment where the rapper seemed visibly shaken to see his natural father, someone he hasn’t been in contact with since age 9, among the spectators in the courtroom. When the father later stood up and tried to address the judge, Tekashi 6ix9ine did not turn around to look at his father. His lawyer and a prosecutor agreed the man should not speak.
A woman who identified herself only as L.L. sobbed as she blamed the rapper for the day she was shot in the foot. She demanded an apology and Tekashi 6ix9ine obliged, saying he would pay her medical bills.
After his arrest, Tekashi 6ix9ine shed the outlaw reputation he’d curated online and testified against his gang mates earlier this year, causing some to label him a “snitch.” The testimony helped get the convictions of two high-ranking Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods members……..read more
Source: AP News