Tekashi 6ix9ine has pleaded guilty to nine federal charges including ones relating to racketeering, conspiracy, firearms offences and drugs trafficking, according to newly released court documents.
As reported in TMZ, the 22-year-old rapper, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, entered a guilty plea on January 23. The details have only just emerged after a judge unsealed court documents today (February 1).
Back in November, the New York rapper entered a not guilty plea to the racketeering and firearms charges levelled against him. He was arrested by federal police last year (November 18) after a five-year-long investigation into violent gang Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, of which he was accused of being a member.
At the time, his solicitor said his “gangster image” was just part of his act. Lance Lazzaro said: “An entertainer who portrays a ‘gangster image’ to promote his music does not make him a member of an enterprise.”
In a statement following the controversial star’s arrest, US attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said: “As alleged in the indictment, this gang, which included platinum-selling rap artist Tekashi 6ix9ine, wreaked havoc on New York City, engaging in brazen acts of violence.
“Showing reckless indifference to others’ safety, members of the gang were allegedly involved in robberies and shootings, including a shooting inside the crowded Barclay’s Center, and a shooting in which an innocent bystander was hit.”
If found guilty, the rapper could face up to life in prison although it is not yet known how this latest plea will affect sentencing. He is due to be sentenced on January 24, 2020.
According to court records, as part of his guilty plea Tekashi 6ix9ine will cooperate with federal officers “against multiple violent people associated with the same criminal enterprise of which he admits, or will soon apparently admit, being a member.”
According to Consequence of Sound, in his guilty plea, Hernandez has now acknowledged that he joined Nine Trey Bloods in the autumn for 2017. He has now also admitted to assisting the gang as they attempted to kill a rival gang member.
Back in December, it was revealed that police were reportedly investigating Tekashi 6ix9ine in connection with Chief Keef shooting. Now, the plea reveals that Hernandez paid an associate to shoot a rival who is widely believed to be Chief Keef although this is as yet unconfirmed.
Reviewing his debut album ‘Dummy Boy’ last year, a record the rapper released whilst in prison, NME said: “Tekashi has released ‘Dummy Boy’ at the apex of his fame, but at this stage, he’s little more than an internet phenomenon and controversy magnet who also raps.”
This is a developing story