Tekashi 6ix9ine will not be going free for numerous racketeering, firearms, and drug charges, despite cooperating with the government and testifying against the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods. In a hotly anticipated verdict, Wednesday, Judge Paul Engelmayer sentenced the New York rapper to two years in prison minus the 11 months he’s already served.
“Mr. Hernandez, It is the judgment of the court you are to serve a term of 24 months in prison, with five years of supervised release,” reported independent journalist Matthew Russell Lee, from the court house. “I impose 300 hours of community service when you get out, and a fine of $35,000. Mr Hernandez, the worst part is over. There is a great deal to be admired about you. You’ve learned a hard lesson here. I wish you very very well. We are adjourned.”
6ix9ine’s sentencing came after Judge Engelmayer called out the rapper for joining Nine Trey when it was “unnecessary.”
“By the time you began with Nine Trey, you were a nationally famous rapper. You had a prosperous future. Your counsel says he joined to break out of poverty. I am not buying that. You were set,” Engelmayer said.
“I do not expect you to be tempted to commit violence again. If you do, I am the judge in your case. And your economic self interest,” Engelmayer said elsewhere during the hearing. “You have struck a lucrative deal. The situation is unusual. You are very fortunate. You will land on your feet.”
During the sentencing, Engelmayer also revealed that 6ix9ine has another child. (It was known that he has a daughter with daughter Sara Molina.) Engelmayer said he received a letter from a woman named Marlena. In the letter, she says the child was born in November 2018, right around the time 6ix9ine was arrested.
DJ Akademiks, media personality and a friend of 6ix9ine, tweeted out the courtroom drawing of the rapper.
It was previously reported that once 6ix9ine was done serving out his sentence, he still wants to have a career in music and doesn’t plan on entering a witness protection program.
While attending the rapper’s sentencing, reporter Matthew Russell Lee (aka Inner City Press), who also covered 6ix9ine’s testimony back in September, live-tweeted remarks from Judge Engelmayer, who is overseeing 6ix9ine’s case.
“Mr. Hernandez, I’ve given it a lot of close thought, including your cooperation,” Engelmayer said. “The following are my thoughts, & this is going to take a little while. You are in custody for 13 months. I agree you deserve a great deal of credit for cooperation.”
“However, I cannot agree with your counsel that time served it appropriate. In my judgment, your conduct is too violent and selfish to make 13 months reasonable. You will not be going free today,” he added.
Last November, Tekashi 6ix9ine was arrested for numerous racketeering, firearms, and drug charges. By February he had pleaded guilty to nine charges. Back in September, 6ix9ine testified against former associates Anthony “Harv” Ellison, Aljermiah “Nuke” Mack, and former manager Kifano “Shotti” Jordan. During his testimony, the social media star spoke about his involvement with the gang, as well as disclosed other information ranging from Trippie Redd allegedly being a part of a gang called the Five Nine Brims and Jim Jones being a member of Nine Trey to his kidnapping that occurred last year in Brooklyn (his former confidante Anthony Ellison has been accused of the kidnapping).
Since it was a federal case, Tekashi 6ix9ine will almost certainly be held at a federal prison facility although where exactly is not clear. It’s also not certain when these details will be publicly released due to the sensitive nature of the case. After his arrest in 2018, 6ix9ine was briefly held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn before being transferred to an undisclosed location reportedly for those who cut deals with prosecutors.
On March 9, the Bureau of Prisons Inmate Locator posted that Tekashi 6ix9ine would be released from custody on August 2. In summation, Tekashi will have served 21 months of the eventual 24-month sentence with time served.
The rapper could have been sentenced to 47 years in prison, but prosecutors recommended a lesser sentence in exchange for pointing fingers at his former associates in the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods. At trial they described his cooperation against members of the gang as “extraordinary” and “extremely useful.”
After his release from jail in October of next year, 6ix9ine will also face five years supervised release. Prisoners who violate the terms of their supervised release can be sent back to prison for the duration of the term, meaning he won’t truly “be free” until October 2025.
According to the legal encyclopedia NOLO.com
In the federal system, supervised release (sometimes also called special or mandatory parole) is a preliminary period of freedom for recently released prisoners. It’s imposed at the time of sentencing, and is for the prisoner to serve after completing his or her prison sentence. During federal supervised release, a probation officer supervises the convict. A former prisoner who violates the conditions of supervised release may be sent back to prison, potentially to remain there until the end of the supervised release term.
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