Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine has been sentenced to 24 months in prison with five years of supervised release, the Associated Press reports following a hearing this week.
The 23-year-old pleaded guilty to a handful of charges earlier this year including narcotics trafficking, racketeering conspiracy, and violent crime in aid of racketeering. While he faced a minimum sentence of 47 years, he testified against former associates in the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, which helped convict two of the members – making his sentencing hearing a little more lenient.
Judge Paul A. Engelmayer reportedly said in the proceedings that his choice to join the gang was “unnecessary” and he had a “prosperous future.” Tekashi apologized to his victims and his family, AP notes. Ahead of the sentencing, he read a letter to Engelmayer, writing that he still considers himself “a role model to millions of people as an artist, a celebrity, and a human being.”
“I’m happy that the public was able to witness me dealing with the consequences of my actions because I feel like it sheds a light on what can come from gang affiliation,” he said.
Tekashi has been making headlines since 2015, when he was first charged with a sex crime for the “use of a child in a sexual performance.” He was re-arrested for allegedly choking a 16-year-old last year and he faced a lawsuit for bailing on a show in Washington, D.C., costing promoters $300,000. Then, he was indicted on chargers for participating in a racketeering conspiracy, using and carrying firearms, participating in a robbery at gunpoint, and violent crime in aid of racketeering.
Already, the rapper spent 13 months in federal jail – which will count toward his sentence. Following the prison time, Tekashi will be on supervised release for five years and must participate in 300 hours of community service.
Last Updated on December 19, 2019 by Olivia Perreault