In November 2018, officials arrested 6ix9ine and his associates on racketeering and firearm charges, accusing each of conspiring as part of a "criminal organization" through violence and drug trafficking. On Tuesday, 6ix9ine was sentenced to two years in prison and five years of supervised release. "Daniel will have to serve another 7 months and 12 days because the time he's already served will count towards his sentence".
As fans know, the presiding judge in 6ix9ine's case, Paul Engelmayer, said the rapper's 13 months in federal custody was not enough. "So that there is no misunderstanding", Engelmayer said.
But the gang also used him, tapping its new member for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Prosecutors sought a reduced sentence for the rapper in exchange for his cooperation.
In September testimony, Tekashi 6ix9ine told jurors his role in Nine Trey was to "just keep making hits and be the financial support for the gang ... so they could buy guns and stuff like that". He stressed that he'd change his ways when he's out of prison.
"The worst part is over", the judge told 6ix9ine.
The judge said there was no reason for it since Tekashi 6ix9ine had achieved commercial success and fame before he chose to "join the gang and use it as your personal hit squad". Thanks to his involvement in a shooting as a member of the violent gang the Nine Trey Bloods, he was originally facing a minimum of 47 years. "I wake up every morning asking myself was it worth it?" he wrote, according to the New York Post's Page Six. He explained that he couldn't describe this past year, and he denounced being Nine Trey before he was arrested.
The hip hop provocateur had begged the judge for mercy but appeared rattled in court by the presence of his estranged father, whom he hasn't seen since he was 9 years old.
Tekashi 6ixNine expressed remorse during his sentencing, and read a letter apologizing to his family and victims.
"I'm sorry for what happened to you that day", Hernandez said.
"Mr. Hernandez is a rap artist who foolishly joined the Nine Trey Gansta Bloods (hereinafter "Nine Trey") in an attempt to promote a gangster persona which would help him sell his music and advance his career", Lazzaro wrote.
Tekashi 6ix9ine performs a live concert at VEGA in Copenhagen.
In victim impact statements filed in Manhattan Federal Court and obtained by E!
"Why should this person, who almost ended my life, be free when I am not free?" one victim, an unnamed 33-year-old man, wrote in court filings. His sentencing to two years in prison is good news as he would be up to 37 years old. He was also on probation for unlawful use of a minor in a sexual performance from an incident in 2015.