Department of Justice attorneys asked a judge to go easy when sentencing 6ix9ine according to a memo filed on Thursday (December 5th).
Last November, the Brooklyn-born 6ix9ine, whose legal name is Daniel Hernandez, was charged with racketeering and firearm offenses as well as accused of joining the Nine Trey Gansta Bloods, a violent street gang founded on Rikers Island. Facing life in prison, he pleaded guilty in January to nine counts of federal racketeering, firearms, violent crimes in aid of racketeering and narcotics trafficking offenses. To ease the looming and massive sentence, he agreed to take the stand as a key witness against two fellow high-ranking members of the gang – ultimately ending in their convictions.
DOJ attorneys said 6ix9ine’s assistance was “both incredibly significant and extremely useful” and was able to provide them an “insiders view of Nine Trey and a first-hand account of many acts of violence that the government otherwise did not have.” The memo also commends 6ix9ine’s truthfulness “from the onset of his cooperation.”
Though the rapper faces a mandatory of 47 years in prison for his involvement with the group, the judge has been asked to consider a U.S. statute that affords the court the ability to impose a sentence below the statutory minimum in light of “substantial assistance in the investigation or prosecution of another person.” Stay tuned for more regarding 6ix9ine’s fate.