Nope, Tekashi 6ix9ine is Not Getting Released, But He Received a Light Sentence

More than one year has passed since Tekashi 6ix9ine—a.k.a. Tekashi69—was arrested by federal agents on multiple charges, including racketeering. Since being taken into custody, the rapper’s been deemed a snitch for sparing no detail on the Nine Trey gang, pointing fingers at his associates, music rivals, and himself.

He turned into a federal witness the day after he was arrested, and everyone believes he’s been destined for witness protection since then. Today, a judge declared Tekashi’s fate.

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Tekashi 6ix9ine pleaded for an early release from jail

Incarcerated since November, Tekashi 6ix9ine—whose real name is Daniel Hernandez—started testifying on behalf of the government in September 2019. He and his legal team were pursuing leniency in sentencing in return for his cooperation, and he’s been hinging his hopes on an early release or at the very least, a reduced sentence.

During his testimony, 6ix9ine told prosecutors that he and other members of Nine Trey participated in myriad crimes such robberies, assaults, and drug peddling. He also claimed that he was using the Bloods gang as a form of clout and protection, and never considered himself a full-fledged member, but paid them to keep him safe.

He plead guilty to nine charges and his lawyers requested an expedited sentencing as well as time served.

How much time Tekashi 6ix9ine was facing

Initially, Tekashi was facing a minimum of 47 years in prison up to life. Charges included racketeering, firearms, and conspiracy. Though he made a plea deal with prosecutors in the hopes of receiving a lighter sentence, the decision was ultimately up to the judge.

According to Vulture, 6ix9ine scored points with the prosecution earlier in December when they recommended a reduced sentence. In their statement, the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office advocated for sentence less than the minimum because of Tekashi’s cooperation.

“The defendant provided an insider’s view of Nine Trey and a first-hand account of many acts of violence that prosecutors otherwise did not have.”

What happens to Tekashi now?

Per The Associated Press, Tekashi 6ix9ine was sentenced to two years in prison with 5 years of supervised release and 300 hours of community service today, Dec. 18.

Judge Paul Engelmayer admonished the rapper for his wrongdoings but also praised the 23-year-old for testifying against the gang he was a part of: “Your cooperation was impressive. It was game changing. It was complete and it was brave.”

But he also pointed out that because of the nature and number of his violent crimes he was not exempt from punishment. Tekashi’s attorneys believe he will be getting time served for the 13 months he’s been incarcerated, and the former artist could be released sometime in late 2020.

But that doesn’t mean he won’t go into the government’s witness protection program. Prosecutors acknowledge that 6ix9ine’s life has changed due to his actions on the stand, writing:

“There is no question that the defendant’s life will never be the same because of his cooperation in this case. He and his family will have to take extra safety precautions when being in public so as to avoid potential reprisals from others.”

Tekashi 6ixNine expressed remorse during his sentencing, and read a letter apologizing to his family and victims. He will remain in custody, but it is not guaranteed that he will ever return to music or his former stomping grounds.