Tekashi 6ix9ine sentenced to two years in prison

He had been facing more than 40 years behind bars.

Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, has been sentenced to two years behind bars for crimes carried out as part of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods gang.

In February, the Brooklyn rapper pleaded guilty to nine counts in his federal case, including charges of racketeering conspiracy and drug trafficking. Hernandez also agreed to cooperate with prosecutors during their investigation of the New York street gang, Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods. He later testified against his former associates in September.

Following negotiations with prosecutors, New York judge Paul Engelmayer agreed yesterday to lower Hernandez’s initial 47-year prison sentence as his testimony proved to be “incredibly significant and extremely useful” to the case, CNN reported.

The rapper was sentenced to 24 months in jail instead and will spend five years under supervised release, plus 300 hours of community service. Hernandez’s two-year prison sentence includes the 13 months he’s already served in the past year, which means he’s expected to be released in 2020.

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In court, Hernandez said that he was not a “victim” and that he “put [himself] into this position from day one.” The rapper also added that he wants to do better after prison. “Your Honor, allow me to inspire people. Not only the young people here, but the millions around the world listening and watching,” he told Engelmayer during the hearing, The Daily Beast reported.

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