Tekashi 6ix9ine has pled guilty to nine counts in a federal criminal case, including a variety of firearm offenses, and admitted to being a member of a gang according to recently unsealed documents reviewed by multiple outlets.
Court records show that the colorful and controversial Brooklyn rapper, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, entered his guilty plea on January 23, regarding his involvement with the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods.
The plea agreement was initially sealed to enable prosecutors to arrest additional members of the New York City gang, according to reports.
As part of his plea, Tekashi admitted to joining the gang in the fall 2017, and hiring a fellow gang member to “shoot at” rap rival Chief Keef in June 2018, in order to “maintain or increase my own standing in Nine Trey,” according to documents cited by TMZ.
“On or about June 2, 2018, in furtherance of Nine Trey, of the Nine Trey enterprise, I paid a person to shoot at a rival member of Nine Trey to scare him. The shooting took place in Manhattan,” he told a judge.
“I did this to maintain or increase my own standing in Nine Trey. In furtherance of this shooting, I knew that a member of Nine Trey discharged a gun,” Tekashi added.
He went on to admit to robbing a rival at gunpoint with other gang members in April 2018, to helping attempt to kill another rival in March 2018, and to selling a kilo of heroin in 2017, the New York Post’s Page Six reported.
“On or about March 20, 2018, I helped members of Nine Trey attempt to kill a rival gang member,” he admitted.
Tekashi said he took part in an April gunpoint robbery and that in 2017 sold a kilo of heroin.
“I apologize to the court, to anyone who was hurt, to my family, friends and fans for what I have done and who I have let down,” he told the judge, according to a court transcript obtained by Page Six.
The 22-year-old hip-hop artist pleaded guilty to nine federal felonies including racketeering conspiracy, firearms charges, narcotics trafficking, and violent crimes in aid of racketeering. He was previously indicted for six felony charges in November 2018.
His charges carry a minimum sentence of 47 years in prison, with a maximum sentence of life in prison, according to The New York Times. However, TMZ noted that because Tekashi is cooperating with authorities he will likely receive a more lenient sentence.
6ix9ine was arrested in New York City on November 2018 on federal crime charges. The rapper’s former manager Shottie, real name Kifano Jordan, and their associates Jensel Butler (aka Ish), Faheem Walter (aka Crippy), Fuguan Lovick (aka Fu Banga), and Jamel Jones (aka Mel Murda), were arrested on the same charges.
On Thursday, the day before Tekashi’s court records were unsealed, three additional men were implicated in the attempted shooting of Chief Keef, according to Page Six. The case is scheduled to go to court in September.
Tekashi is tentatively set to be sentenced in January 2020, after the other defendants’ trial.
In November, he was moved from federal jail in Brooklyn to an undisclosed location because of threats on his life by gangbangers.
His lawyer, Dawn Florio, told The Post, “Everyone is concerned about Mr. Hernandez’s security, and all measures are being taken to make sure he is safe and his family is safe.”