Tekashi 6ix9ine Has Pled Guilty & Is Cooperating With The Feds
This afternoon (February 1), it was revealed that Tekashi 6ix9ine (aka Daniel Hernandez) pleaded guilty in the nine-count federal case against him. He faces charges ranging from racketeering conspiracy to possession of a deadly weapon, to selling a kilogram of heroin in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn.
The plea was entered in a Manhattan courtroom on January 23 and unsealed today. According to The New York Daily News, the January meeting took place in secret. It has also been confirmed that the Brooklyn, New York rapper has agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors against people who were (until recently) his co-defendants. This plea comes after the 22-year-old’s onetime attorney and spokesman, Lance Lazzaro, has maintained his innocence. At present, Hernandez faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 47 years, ahead of potential reductions for his cooperation. According to The Washington Post, he could face a life sentence.
In a statement, the rapper says he joined Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods street gang in 2017. That was the same year his music career escalated, with songs including double-platinum single, “Gummo.”
According to The Washington Post, Hernandez admitted to criminal acts related to his gang affiliation, including robbery, selling a kilogram of heroin near his home, and ordering the shooting of a rival gang member. “At all times I knew that these actions were wrong and in violation of the law,” he told those in court last month. “I apologize to the court, to anyone who was hurt, to my family, friends, and fans for what I have done and who I have let down.”
Last November, Hernandez was taken into custody alongside frequent associate, 36-year-old Kifano “Tr3yway Shotti” Jordan and eight other alleged members of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods. Both were arrested on racketeering charges dating back to 2013.
A month before this arrest, 6ix9ine admitted to having produced and distributing sexually-explicit material of a 13-year-old girl in 2015. Another man in the video was sentenced to time, while 6ix9ine was given four years of probation and 10,000 hours of court-ordered community service.
Throughout his Rap career, Hernandez worked with 50 Cent, Kanye West, Tory Lanez, and Nicki Minaj, among others. Made available after he was taken into custody, November’s Dummy Boy peaked at #2 on the charts. It released on his own Scumgang Records imprint.
Hernandez’ sentencing date has not been set.