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The rapper cooperated with federal agents and pleaded guilty to nine counts in his racketeering case. His guilty plea was hidden from the public until now.
Tekashi 6ix9ine‘s full guilty plea is now public.
In January, 6ix9ine, born Daniel Hernandez, pleaded guilty to nine criminal counts in his federal racketeering case.
He became a cooperating witness with federal agents and his associates, Kintea McKenzie — aka Kooda B — Anthony Ellison —6ix9ine’s alleged kidnapper—, and Denard Butler, were hit with federal indictments. Kooda B is facing charges in connection to the attempted shooting of Chicago rapper Chief Keef.
The plea was been made January 23 but was held from the public until Ellison and McKenzie, could be added to the indictment and taken into custody. Complex obtained a transcript of the guilty plea, which lays out 6ix9ine’s specific admissions, and reveals more new information.
In the plea, 6ix9ine says he “met and joined the Nine Trey Blood Gang” in the fall of 2017. His viral song “Gummo” was released in November 2017.
“As a member of Nine Trey, the enterprise engaged in such activities including shooting at people, robbing people, and at times drug trafficking,” he continues. 6ix9ine also admits he “paid a person to shoot at a rival member of Nine Trey to scare him,” and that he “agreed to sell one kilogram of heroin” in Bushwick.
At another point, Judge Paul A. Engelmayer asks the rapper if he was “ever been treated or hospitalized for any mental illness.”6ix9ine responds says that in 2011 or 2012, he was suffering depression and posttraumatic stress after his stepfather was murdered. “I started becoming just rebelling and not showering, like depression stuff,” he explains. He was prescribed Zoloft and “other medication,” but he never took it, adding, “My mom used, like, Mexican remedies,” he says, and the symptoms disappeared.
This isn’t the first time 6ix9ine talked about his experiences with mental illness. In a November 2018 Breakfast Club interview, he mentioned going to therapy after his stepfather’s death and has mentioned the remedies his mother used in the past.
6ix9ine is set to be sentenced on Jan. 23, 2020. He faces a minimum of 47 years, but the judge notes he could receive a sentence below the mandatory minimum if he continues to “successfully cooperate” with the government.
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