Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine’s legal troubles have taken a dramatic turn.
The New York native has pleaded guilty to nine criminal counts stemming from his November 2018 arrest, according to published reports.
Tekashi — real name Daniel Hernandez — reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors on Wednesday, Jan. 23, and agreed to plead guilty to charges for racketeering, weapons possession, armed robbery and dealing narcotics, including fentanyl and heroin.
Court documents also reveal that the Fefe performer will cooperate with government officials “against multiple violent people associated with the same criminal enterprise of which he admits, or will soon apparently admit, being a member.”
Details of the plea agreement were unsealed on Friday, Feb. 1.
Tekashi elaborated on his gang activity during a secret plea hearing in Manhattan Federal Court, stating that he joined the Nine Trey Bloods Gang in the fall of 2017. “As a member of Nine Trey, the enterprise engaged in such activities including shooting at people, robbing people, and at times drug trafficking,” the New York Daily News reported the hip-hop star told the court.
Furthermore, the 22-year-old artist said he paid someone in June 2018 “to shoot at a rival member of Nine Trey to scare him.” He told the judge: “I did this to maintain or increase my own standing in Nine Trey.”
Tekashi said the incident took place in Manhattan, which means he was likely referring to the attempted shooting of rapper Chief Keef.
Tekashi, who also admitted to selling a kilo of heroin during the hearing, apologized to his friends, family and fans.
“I apologize to the court, to anyone who was hurt, to my family, friends and fans for what I have done and who I have let down,” he stated.
The rapper originally pleaded not guilty to federal racketeering and weapons charges when he was arrested in November 2018. He now faces a mandatory minimum 47 years in prison, but it’s possible he’ll be granted leniency due to the plea deal.