Tekashi 6ix9ine, the flamboyant Brooklyn rapper who carried out a series of violent gang-related crimes, was finally handed his sentence in the recent drugs and weapons case.
The 23-year-old rapper was facing life in prison after he was charged in November 2018 with a string of felony offenses stemming from his affiliation with the gang Nine Trey Bloods. So, of course, Tekashi was quick to sign a plea deal that required him to work with the feds in exchange for a lighter sentence.
That means that he pleaded guilty to 9 felonies including racketeering, firearms, and drug trafficking charges related to several shootings and assaults around NYC. He was then required to testify and name names in various alleged crimes, and he did. 6ix9ine spent three days in the court room as a star witness, and his testimony ultimately led to guilty verdicts for two of his former fellow gang members.
Since then, he’s been patiently awaiting his sentencing day from behind bars, where he’s been for the last 13 months.
His day finally came on Wednesday, and the rapper appeared in federal court in New York. Judge Paul A. Engelmayer handed down the sentence, but not before explaining why Tekashi wasn’t free to go just yet like his legal team had been pushing for.
Judge Engelmayer told him that he was “wise to cooperate” and that his testimony was “extremely useful,” but added, “In my judgement, your conduct is too violent and selfish to make 13 months reasonable. You will not be going free today.”
Ultimately, the rapper was handed a sentence of 24 months in prison (with credit for the 13 months already served), which means he will be leaving prison in late 2020. Engelmayer also sentenced the rapper to 5 years of supervised release, 300 hours of community service, and a $35,000 fine.
6ix9ine’s baby mama, Sara Molina, isn’t so sure that he should have gotten off so easy, though. Chatting with TMZ after the sentencing, she made it clear that she doesn’t believe he’s learned anything, telling them that the rapper is “not a changed person.”
Was Tekashi 6ix9ine’s sentencing fair, or do you think he should have been sentenced to more time behind bars for his crimes?
Did Tekashi 6ix9ine deserve his sentence after testifying against gang members, or should he have served more time for his violent crimes?
He deserved a break for cooperating with the feds
He hasn’t served enough time for his crimes