NEW YORK — The Brooklyn rapper known as Tekashi 6ix9ine has pleaded guilty to federal charges, admitting his participation in a violent gang and pledging to cooperate with prosecutors against others.
The plea was entered last week by the rapper, whose legal name is Daniel Hernandez. Information pertaining to it was unsealed Friday in Manhattan federal court.
During the plea, 6ix9ine said he joined the Nine Trey Blood Gang in the fall of 2017. He says he helped gang members try to kill a rival gang member last March.
With the plea deal, 6ix9ine can gain leniency at sentencing from what otherwise would have been a mandatory minimum 47 years in prison if he admits all crimes and testifies truthfully when summoned.
A message seeking comment was left for 6ix9ine’s lawyers.
6ix9ine was taken into federal custody in New York in November on racketeering chargesalleging that he participated in the July shooting of a bystander in Brooklyn and the gunpoint robbery of his gang’s rivals last spring.
The indictment against him and his associates described them as “Nine Trey Gangasta Bloods” who prosecutors said carried out acts of murder, robbery and narcotics trafficking in Manhattan, the Bronx and Brooklyn since at least 2013.
The rapper has been one of the most ascendant and controversial names in hip-hop in recent months. His album “Day69: Graduation Day” was among the top records on iTunes following its February 2018 release.
He is also known for the multiplatinum hit “Fefe” with Nicki Minaj, which peaked at No. 3 on the pop charts, and “Stoopid,” featuring the incarcerated rapper Bobby Shmurda.
But 6ix9ine also has had a series of run-ins with law enforcement as a self-acknowledged member of a violent New York gang.
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