Tekashi 6ix9ine pleads guilty to nine counts
Controversial Brooklyn rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine, real name Daniel Hernandez, has plead guilty to nine counts in his criminal case, NBC reports. The charges he plead on include racketeering conspiracy, narcotics trafficking, and multiple counts each of violent crime in aid of racketeering and firearms offense. Hernandez pled guilty on Saturday, but court records were sealed until prosecutors were granted permission to unseal them today (2/1).
According to court records, Herandez will also cooperate with federal officials "against multiple violent people associated with the same criminal enterprise of which he admits, or will soon apparently admit, being a member."
Hernandez admitted to being a member of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods gang at a recent court hearing, where, as The New York Times reports, he said he'd "helped other gang members rob people at gunpoint. In one case, he said, he 'paid a person to shoot at a rival' gang member to scare him. 'I did this to maintain or increase my own standing in Nine Trey,' Mr. Hernandez told the judge."
Hernandez plead not guilty to federal racketeering and firearm charges in November; his attorney Lance Lazarro said he was "completely innocent of all charges." "An entertainer who portrays a 'gangster image' to promote his music does not make him a member of an enterprise," Lazarro said in an earlier statement.
Hernandez was previously sentenced to four years of probation and required to complete 1000 hours of community service after pleading guilty to "the use of a child in a sexual performance" on October 20, 2015.