Rapper turned federal informer Tekashi 6ix9ine was today sentenced to two years in prison for his involvement with the Trey Gangsta Bloods, criminal gang that assisted his rise to fame.
"Your cooperation was impressive. It was game-changing. It was complete and it was brave," said U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer as he announced the sentence, which is far lower than federal guidelines for the crimes, in a Manhattan courtroom.
Tekashi's sentence was reduced after he cooperated with feds.
From the Los Angeles Times:
The rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine was sentenced to two years in prison Wednesday for his entanglement with a violent street gang that fueled his rise to fame, but was spared a much harsher sentence because of his extraordinary decision to become a star witness for prosecutors.
The 23-year-old performer, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, could have been sentenced to decades in prison for crimes that included orchestrating a shooting in which an innocent bystander was wounded. He pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges accusing him of joining the gang known as Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods.
He has already served 13 months and will be released in late 2020.
After his arrest, he shed the outlaw reputation he had curated online and testified against his gang mates earlier this year, causing some to label him a "snitch." The testimony helped get the convictions of two high-ranking Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods members.