The rapper faced decades of jail but agreed to cooperate with prosecutors to testify against other former gang members.
Rapper Tekashi 69 was sentenced Wednesday by a federal court in Manhattan to two years in prison as part of a cooperation agreement that saw him testify against members of his former gang.
The musician, born Daniel Hernández, was also sentenced to five years probation. He has spent the last 13 months in prison, which will count toward his sentence.
He should be released at the end of 2020 when he will also be sentenced to 300 hours of community service and will have to pay a fine of $ 35,000.
According to an Inner City Press reporter who tweeted the live hearing, Tekashi read a prepared statement for the judge before his conviction. He said he wanted the opportunity to be free and help inspire young people to change their lives, in relation to those who have a difficult education.
“I failed these people. They believed in Daniel Hernández. I was too busy creating the negative image in my character 69. I know that God has a bigger plan for me. I want to inspire young people that it’s never too late to change,” he said. Tekashi “If I can change for the better, they can too.”
In November 2018, Tekashi 69 was charged with organized crime and federal firearms. He faced decades in jail for his alleged involvement in Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, a gang that has been linked to murder, theft and drug trafficking.
At that time, US lawyer Geoffrey Berman said the 23-year-old rapper and other members of Nine Trey “had wreaked havoc in New York, engaging in precipitous acts of violence … showing careless indifference to the safety of others.”
Tekashi reached an agreement with federal prosecutors and agreed to cooperate with the authorities in this case in the hope of a reduced sentence. For this reason, you may also be enrolled in a witness protection program at the time of your release. However, he said he intended to continue playing.
In September, Tekashi spoke for three days to testify to his time in the Nine Trey gang. After his testimony, Nine’s gang members, Trey Gangsta Bloods, Anthony Ellison, and Aljermiah Mack were convicted.
During his testimony, Tekashi also named rappers Cardi B and Jim Jones as gang members, causing controversy and criticism from the rap community. A Cardi B representative denied any affiliation to a gang in a statement to BuzzFeed News in September, saying: “This news is not true.” But in 2018, Cardi B told GQ: “I used to go out with my friends and they said, ‘I, you really go crazy.’ You should go home. You should transform the blood. And I did it. If I did. And something that is not like, oh, you are leaving. You are not leaving “(Jones’ representatives did not respond to the comments).
Tekashi became famous in 2017 with the great success of his clip “Gummo”, which currently has more than 360 million views. He then released the single “Fefe” with Nicki Minaj followed by his first Dummy Boy album in November 2018.