Tekashi 6ix9ine Sentencing
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Rapper Tekashi69 (6ix9ine) was sentenced to two years in prison and five years of supervised release on Wednesday, Dec. 18.

Born Daniel Hernandez, the Brooklyn native was given credit 13 months for time served. Hernandez is expected to be released from prison mid-2020. When released, he will serve 300 hours of community service and pay a $35,000 fine. 

“You are in custody for 13 months. I agree you deserve a great deal of credit for cooperation,” said Judge Paul Engelmayer during Hernandez’ sentencing, according to Inner City Press’ reporting from the courtroom. “However, I cannot agree with your counsel that time served it appropriate. In my judgment, your conduct is too violent and selfish to make 13 months reasonable. You will not be going free today.”

Last week, 6ix9ine wrote a letter to Judge Engelmayer requesting leniency on his sentencing after one of nine charges were dropped by the federal government, resulting in the 47-year sentence being reduced to 37. The government also sent a letter to the judge to reduce Hernandez’s sentence below the minimum.

 “I now know that I am remorseful for what happened because I was blessed with the gift of an opportunity that most people dream of but I squandered it by getting involved with the wrong people and misrepresenting myself when I should have been true to myself and my fans,” said Tekashi in a letter obtained by TMZ.

Read his closing testimony below:

Inner City Press on Twitter

@sdnylive @MatthewLeeICP @XXL @revolttv @TIDAL @pitchfork @HotFreestyle @JoshPescatore @TMZLive @FUNCA_info Hernandez: If you told me in January 2017 I’d be a global star, I’d call your crazy. If in January 2018 you’d tell me I’d be part of a federal indictment, I’d call you crazy… Since the age of 14, when I lost my father.

Inner City Press on Twitter

@sdnylive @MatthewLeeICP @XXL @revolttv @TIDAL @pitchfork @HotFreestyle @JoshPescatore @TMZLive @FUNCA_info Hernandez: Your honor, a 5 year old boy named Franklin was dying of cancer. He wanted to meet me. I asked myself, Why? But I went. Cancer had disabled the right side of his body. I told him how strong he was.

Inner City Press on Twitter

@sdnylive @MatthewLeeICP @XXL @revolttv @TIDAL @pitchfork @HotFreestyle @JoshPescatore @TMZLive @FUNCA_info Hernandez: Tati told me, if I can be strong, they can be strong. When people see me, they don’t only see Tekashi 69, the arrogant – I’m a human, I got organs just like everyone in this room.

Inner City Press on Twitter

@sdnylive @MatthewLeeICP @XXL @revolttv @TIDAL @pitchfork @HotFreestyle @JoshPescatore @TMZLive @FUNCA_info Hernandez: I failed these people. They believed in Daniel Hernandez. I was too busy making the negative image in my 69 persona. I know God has a bigger plan for me. I want to inspire the youth that it never too late to change.

Inner City Press on Twitter

@sdnylive @MatthewLeeICP @XXL @revolttv @TIDAL @pitchfork @HotFreestyle @JoshPescatore @TMZLive @FUNCA_info Hernandez: Your Honor, allow me to inspire people. Not only the young people here, but the millions around the world listening and watching. [How?] Now Mr. Hernandez’s biological father raises his hand to speak.

Wednesday’s sentencing comes after 6ix9ine’s arrest last November on federal drug racketeering charges. Though he made the decision to flip the following day, Hernandez was faced with a minimum of 47 years in prison after pleading guilty to nine counts in January. His cooperation with the federal government resulted in the conviction of his former Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods gang affiliates, Anthony “Harv” Ellison and Aljermiah “Nuke” Mack.

6ix9ine reportedly turned down witness protection in order to continue performing. The rapper allegedly signed a deal with former label, 10K Projects, for $10 million for two albums.

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