Tekashi 6ix9ine Pleads Guilty On Nine Charges And Admits To Being Gang Member

Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine has pleaded guilty to a number of federal charges and has admitted he is part of a gang.

The 22-year-old rapper, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, admitted to nine charges, including racketeering conspiracy, firearms offences and drug trafficking. He has reportedly also said he will help prosecutors as part of a plea deal.

NBC New York reports that court documents state he will cooperate with officials "against multiple violent people associated with the same criminal enterprise of which he admits, or will soon apparently admit, being a member."

The rapper has admitted to being part of a gang. Credit: PA
The rapper has admitted to being part of a gang. Credit: PA

The rapper told the court he had joined the Nine Trey Gangsters, a set of the United Blood Nation street gang, in 2017. According to Page Six, the court documents reveal he also confessed to hiring someone to shoot a rival rapper.

The court documents state the gang is "a criminal organisation whose members and associates engaged in, among, other activities, acts involving murder, robbery, and narcotics trafficking."

He could face a mandatory minimum 47 years in prison - however, as he has made a plea deal it's likely 6ix9ine will face a lesser sentence.

According to NBC New York, 6ix9ine pleaded guilty on Saturday, at which point court documents were sealed, but prosecutors made a motion to have the records unsealed, which was granted today.

He was arrested in November, alongside five others, over racketeering and firearm charges.

In a statement from the United States Department of Justice, 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 Barclays Center, and a shooting in which an innocent bystander was hit.

"Thanks to the extraordinary work of HSI (Homeland Security Investigations), ATF (the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) and the NYPD, the defendants will now face justice in federal court."

In November, the rapper's attorney Lance Lazzaro said that his client was 'completely innocent' of all the charges brought against him.

Lazzaro added: "An entertainer who portrays a 'gangster image' to promote his music does not make him a member of an enterprise."

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Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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