After months of speculation and a trial that put him at odds with a notorious Brooklyn set of the Bloods gang, Tekashi 6ix9ine has now been sentenced to two years in prison.
According to the New York Daily News, on Wednesday, the Brooklyn rapper, 23, scored a pretty lenient sentence in large part due to his cooperation with federal agents against the Nine Trey Bloods, the gang that arguably made him famous.
Due to what the streets has labeled a betrayal, he’s been labeled a “snitch” on the internet and become the target of numerous memes. But despite the public slamming his actions, due to his deal the 13 months he’s already spent behind bars will be counted toward his sentence.
All this means that with credit for good behavior factored in, the “GUMMO” rapper could be out of prison in as little as seven months. However, Tekashi still appeared disappointed when Judge Paul Engelmayer handed down his sentence.
“Your conduct was too violent, too sustained, too destructive, too selfish and too reckless with respect to public safety to make a sentence of 13 months at all reasonable,” said Engelmayer.
The usually verbose entertainer, whose given name is Daniel Hernandez was at a loss for words in the packed courtroom, while his attorney Lance Lazzaro confirmed they’d expected time-served.
“Your honor, my life is so crazy I don’t know where to start,” he said while attempting to hold back tears. He then accepted responsibility for his role in criminal activity and apologized for setting such a poor example for his millions of fans.
“I can’t blame no one but myself. I’m not a victim. I put myself in this position from day one,” he continued in reference to how he once embraced and glorified his gang banging lifestyle.
Tekashi had pleaded guilty to nine gang, gun and drug charges carrying a minimum of 37 years in prison. He has been in protective custody away from other gang members since November 2018 and was additionally sentenced to five years of supervised release after he serves his prison time. He must also pay a $35,000 fine.
“You were the impetus and often instigator for all that violence,” Engelmayer said of the an incident in which Tekashi once took a video of the robbery of a rival in Times Square and another in which a member of his entourage fired a gun inside Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center in a skirmish with another rival. He then admonished the rapper for using Nine Trey as his “personal hit squad.”
“You, Mr. Hernandez, essentially joined Murder Incorporated,” the judge continued but then gave the entertainer credit for his recent change of heart. “Your cooperation was impressive. It was game changing. It was complete and it was brave.”