Trial of 6ix9ine
|United States v. Daniel Hernandez a/k/a "Tekashi 6ix 9ine"|
|Court||United States District Court for the Southern District of New York|
|Full case name||United States of America v. Jamel Jones a/k/a "Mel Murda," Kifano Jordan a/k/a "Shotti," Fugan Lovick a/k/a "Fu Banga," Jensel Butler a/k/a "Ish," Daniel Hernandez a/k/a "Tekashi 6ix 9ine," and Faheem Walter, a/k/a "Crippy"|
|Judge(s) sitting||Paul A. Engelmayer|
The men are being indicted on charges related to racketeering, drug distribution, weapon possession, and conspiracy to commit murder. 6ix9ine was a person of interest in these charges, and was apprehended alongside five other men following a five-year investigation into the gang on November 18, 2018, as part of a joint effort by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), New York Police Department (NYPD), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Upon his arrest, 6ix9ine was denied bail, and initially pled not guilty to all charges. He later changed his plea to guilty after entering into an agreement with law enforcement on February 1, 2019. 6ix9ine would have to admit his guilt and testify against his co-defendants, in exchange for no prosecution or jail time. If he fully cooperates and commits no further crimes, 6ix9ine would avoid a minimum sentence of 47 years in prison.
In October 2018, 6ix9ine was sentenced to four years probation and 1,000 hours of community service regarding the admission in 2015 of taking part in making and disseminating a video that showed a 13-year-old girl giving oral sex and making sexual contact with other individuals. To celebrate receiving probation instead of a jail sentence, 6ix9ine went to go have dinner with a music executive in New York City. His entourage was not allowed in by security, causing a later fight that ended with a person shot. Two members of 6ix9ine's entourage were charged with gang assault. 6ix9ine's manager Shotti later turned himself in on November 7, 2018 in relation to the fight and was also charged with gang assault.
Three weeks later, on November 14, 2018, 6ix9ine pleaded guilty for disorderly conduct as part of a plea deal, with prosecutors dropping misdemeanor assault charges. 6ix9ine had allegedly squeezed an officer's hand while being arrested for driving with a suspended license in May 2018.
On November 16, 2018, three days prior to the arrests and a week prior to the scheduled release of his debut album Dummy Boy, 6ix9ine unexpectedly announced on Instagram that he had fired his entire team, including his management. He also cancelled his upcoming tour and stated, "Whoever is booking shows for Tekashi 6ix9ine, is stealing your fucking money."
Arrest and guilty plea
November 2018–January 2019: 'Not guilty' plea
On the night of November 18, 2018, the six men were arrested by ATF agents in New York City. The next night while being detained at the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center, 6ix9ine was confronted by inmates affiliated with the rival Crips gang. Prison staff intervened and quickly transferred 6ix9ine to a different facility to eliminate any future gang threats. The arrest caused his highly-anticipated debut album Dummy Boy to be delayed indefinitely a day before its scheduled release. After an online leak, Dummy Boy was released on November 27, 2018, and managed to reach number 2 on the Billboard 200 with only three days of charting.
On November 26, 2018, 6ix9ine pleaded not guilty and was denied bail, with a court date set for September 4, 2019. 6ix9ine's lawyer continued to plea that his client was "...completely innocent of all charges being brought against him... An entertainer who portrays a ‘gangster image’ to promote his music does not make him a member of an enterprise.”
February 2019–Present: Co-operation with prosecutors
On January 22, 2019, three other members of the Nine Trey Gangsters were hit with charges as part of the investigation: Kintea "Kooda B" McKenzie, Denard "Drama" Butler, and Anthony "Harv" Ellison. Kooda B was indicted for attempting to shoot American rapper Chief Keef in June 2018. 6ix9ine admitted that after becoming embroiled in an online feud with Chief Keef, he offered $20,000 to Kooda B to carry out the shooting. Kooda B carried out the attack outside the W Hotel in Manhattan, though no one was injured. After the shooting, Kooda B allegedly met with 6ix9ine and Shotti, settling for a payment of $10,000 for the attack.
Drama was indicted for taking part in a separate attempted shooting of Chief Keef on July 16, 2018, where a bystander was injured by the gunfire. Harv was indicted for kidnapping and assaulting 6ix9ine on July 22, 2018 after he disrespected the Nine Treys. At the time, 6ix9ine reported the incident to police in July 2018, claiming that he had been pistol-whipped and forced in a car, but soon became uncooperative during the initial investigation.
On January 23, 2019, 6ix9ine changed his plea to guilty as he admitted to all nine charges against him and to being a member of the Nine Trey Gangsters. 6ix9ine pledged to cooperate with prosecutors against others. As part of the plea agreement, 6ix9ine will not be prosecuted for any of his nine charges as long as he fully cooperates in testifying against others and commits no further crimes. Following 6ix9ine's guilty plea, prosecutors leveled additional firearms and racketeering charges against Shotti.
Timeline of trial
The sentencing is slated for January 23, 2020.
- Six people (Jamel Jones, Kifano Jordan, Fugan Lovick, Jensel Butler, Daniel Hernandez, and Faheem Walter) were initially charged on November 18, 2019. Three additional people (Kintea McKenzie, Denard Butler, and Anthony Ellison) were charged on January 22, 2019.
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If the defendant does this, the Office -- and this is detailed on pages 4 and 5 of the agreement -- agrees not to prosecute the defendant for the crimes set forth in Counts One through Nine of the Superseding Information as well as additional crimes that the defendant has told the government about.
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