The musician originally from Brooklyn, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, had been convicted this year of charges by logging in to the violent gang Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods in Rikers Island.
By Tom Hays
NEW YORK, October 4 (AP).— Two men were sentenced Thursday in a case for organized crime that included the testimony of Tekashi 6ix9inethe rapper whose decision cooperate put him under danger in prison and became the object of ridicule of other artists that called it in social networks as a “snitch”.
The musician originally from Brooklyn, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, had been convicted this year of charges by logging in to the violent gang Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods in Rikers Island. As part of his plea agreement, agreed to testify as a witness for the government against two high-ranking members of the gang in a federal trial in Manhattan.
The cooperation of the rapper of 23 years he could serve in their sentence, or make it eligible for the witness protection program, although his distinctive facial tattoos –including a huge “69” on the front– could do to hide his identity is a challenge.
Last year Tekashi 6ix9ine released the song certified multi-platinum “Fefe” with Nicki Minaj, who arrived to the third position of the lists pop and “Stoopid” with rapper jailed Bobby Shmurda.
In his testimony last month, Tekashi 6ix9ine explained to the jury that his role in the Nine Trey was “to continue making hits and being the financial backing for the gang… so they could buy weapons and things like that.” When asked what he received in return, he replied: “My career, had credibility on the street, videos, music, protection, all of the above”.
The witness stated that after having a fight with the defendant, Anthony Ellison, the defendant and another man forced him to board a car stolen at gunpoint. He said that the men drove, stopping at several points to hit him and threaten him while he pleaded for his life.
In the end the men took him to his home in Brooklyn, where they stole a bag full of jewels before driving with him for outcasts streets and release it, ” he said.
Tekashi 6ix9ine was criticized quite a lot during the trial by rappers like The Game and Snoop Dogg, who wrote on Instagram that was sold in comparison with his friend Martha Stewart, who served a sentence of five months in prison for lying about the sale of some actions.
“While we see that Tekashi 69 (or whatever it’s called) sells ALL of them,” he wrote, “I invite you to remember that Martha Stewart is not sold to anyone during his trial.”
According to their lawyers, Tekashi 6ix9ine has been in a federal facility is not revealed in the that they had to separate it “from people who threatened him”.