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'Perfect Model Prisoner' Tekashi 6ix9ine Will Be Released From Prison This Summer, Attorney Claims
Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine made headlines after testifying against former gang associates in his trial.
Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine will be out of prison in less than six months.
The 23-year-old rapper, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, pled guilty in January 2019 to nine racketeering, weapons, and drug trafficking charges associated with numerous shootings and beatings throughout New York City. In December 2019, he was sentenced to two years in prison and five years supervised probation.
However, just a few months into his prison sentence, his attorney Dawn Florio has confirmed to PEOPLE that Hernandez will be let out early on August 2, 2020, telling the outlet it is because “he has been the perfect model prisoner since his incarceration.”
Hernandez, a rapper known for his distinctive facial tattoos, his hit 2018 mixtape "Day69," and his song "Fefe" with superstar Nicki Minaj, faced a much harsher sentence originally — the maximum for his charges was 37 years in prison. However, Hernandez worked with authorities to testify against two members of his former gang, Nine Trey Gang, which prosecutors deemed "extremely useful," according to the New York Times.
His attorney asked for Hernandez to be sentenced to time served after spending almost 13 months in prison during his trial, arguing it took courage for the rapper to work against the gang and with law enforcement.
The judge in his case, Paul A. Engelmayer, disagreed and said Hernandez's crimes were too serious to allow that.
“Your conduct was too violent, too sustained, too destructive, too selfish and too reckless with respect to public safety to make a sentence of 13 months at all reasonable,” the judge said, according to the outlet.
While testifying, Hernandez detailed multiple shootings he was involved with during his time with Nine Trey Gang, admitting to putting out a hit on rap rival Chief Keef, TMZ reported. He also accused two members of kidnapping and assaulting him: Anthony Ellison and Aljermiah Mack, who have since been convicted of racketeering conspiracy. Additionally, Mack was found guilty of conspiring to distribute narcotics, while Ellison was found guilty of kidnapping Hernandez and was also convicted of maiming and assault, according to The New York Times.
Hernandez will likely be busy when he leaves prison in August: He reportedly has a record deal in place already that's worth over $10 million with his former label, 10K Projects.