Tekashi 6ix9ine's Release Date Has Been Confirmed
Tekashi 6ix9ine is set to be released on 2 August, it has been confirmed.
The rapper - Daniel Hernandez - was sentenced to 24 months behind bars last year after pleading guilty to nine counts of federal racketeering, weapons-related offenses, and conspiracy.
Throughout the trial, the 23-year-old cooperated with the authorities and helped inform on other gang members and, as a result, was handed a lighter sentence, having previously faced a minimum of 47 years behind bars with the possibility of a life sentence.
Speaking to Hernandez's lawyer, Complex confirmed that he would not be serving the full term of his sentence and would be released this summer.
Throughout the hearing, Hernandez had told the court that he wanted to show young people how they can reform and change their ways after being caught up in gang crime.
After initially pleading not guilty to the charges, he entered a plea bargain that was the start of his giving evidence to the government.
Hernandez's biological father also made a shock appearance in court during the hearing.
The musician gave evidence that eventually led to the conviction of Anthony Ellison and Aljermiah Mack on charges of racketeering and other offences.
He testified against two gang members on the first day of his trial. He joined the gang back in 2017 but left after being a member for less than a year.
As a result of his efforts to reduce his sentence, he came was heavily critcised by others within the rap industry. Snoop Dogg shared a post on his Instagram calling Hernandez a 'snitch' which was then commented on by fellow rapper Meek Mill, who said Hernandez was a 'ratgoon'.
He had also tried to convince the judge to allow him to serve his final sentence under house arrest, but this was denied due to security concerns. The judge said that it would not "reflect the seriousness of his crimes".
Hernandez has previously escaped jail for child sex charges in 2015, as well as in 2018 for several offences relating to guns, assault, conspiracy murder, and racketeering.
Fox 5 News journalist Lisa Evers, who reported on the trial, said: "He testified that he was a member of this gang but that he was basically doing it as a publicity stunt to promote his career.
"I can't even tell you how shunned he is right now by the hip-hop world here. They even call him 'Tekashi Snitch 9ine'."
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