American rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine, known in real life as Daniel Hernandezs has been sentenced to two years in prison by Manhattan federal court on Wednesday.
According to reports by Insider,
The judge overseeing the case reprimanded Tekashi but praised his cooperation with prosecutors. Hernandez pleaded guilty to several crimes related to his involvement with the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods and testified against fellow gang members which made a lot of lead lines with people calling him a snitch.
“Your cooperation was courageous,” Engelmayer said. “The danger to you is multiplied by your music career, which I understand you intend to continue. The fact that you are unusually recognizable does not help you.”
Both prosecutors and the attorney representing Hernandez had asked Engelmayer to give the rapper a reduced sentence. He faced up to life in prison for his crimes, with a minimum sentence of 37 years.
Engelmayer spoke to Hernandez – his long, rainbow-dyed hair faded to black and blond and pulled back in a ponytail – in front of a nearly full courtroom. Few friends or family members were in attendance, as the defense said Hernandez’s mother, brother, and girlfriend feared for their safety. At least one row was filled with a group of middle-aged men who appeared to be undercover cops. In another row, sat Hernandez’s biological father, who Hernandez hadn’t seen since he was 9 years old.
“I failed these people. They believed in Daniel Hernandez. I was too busy making the negative image in my 69 persona,” Hernandez said at his sentencing, wearing a blue jail uniform. “I know God has a bigger plan for me. I want to inspire the youth that it never too late to change.”