After over a year of cooperation with federal authorities, Tekashi69 was sentenced to 24 months in prison on Wednesday by a federal judge who gave him credit for his cooperation with prosecutors, who described his cooperation against members of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods as “extraordinary” and “extremely useful.” The flamboyant rapper who monopolized on his gang-banger lifestyle, testified in a federal courtroom in Manhattan about the inner workings of the Nine Trey Gang.
Tekashi, who’s real name is Daniel Hernandez, assisted in sending several of his former gang associates and friends to prison, including his ex-manager Shotti, also known as Tr3yway, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison as a result of Hernandez’s testimony.
The Brooklyn rapper was hopeful of being released in the upcoming days. However, the judge, Paul A. Engelmayer rejected his immediate release due to his past run-ins with the law, describing Hernandez conduct as being “too violent.” Hernandez pleaded guilty in February to racketeering conspiracy and eight related charges. He claimed to be easily influenced by the gang.
“I was weak. I was easily influenced. I can’t believe that was me,” he claimed through tears at his sentencing hearing. “There is no apology good enough.”
Hernandez has already spent nearly 13 months incarcerated, which will count toward his sentence. That will leave him approximately 11 months remaining behind bars.