NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) – Two men were convicted Thursday (Oct. 3) in a racketeering case featuring the testimony of rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine, according to The Associated Press.
The Brooklyn-born Tekashi 6ix9ine, whose legal name is Daniel Hernandez, had pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges accusing him of joining the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, a violent street gang founded on Rikers Island. As part of a plea deal, he agreed to take the stand as a key government witness against two-high ranking members at a trial in federal court in Manhattan, reports the AP.
In testimony last month, Tekashi 6ix9ine reportedly explained to jurors that his role in Nine Trey was to “just keep making hits and be the financial support for the gang … so they could buy guns and stuff like that.” Asked what he got in return, he responded: “My career. I got the street credibility. The videos, the music, the protection — all of the above.”
Last year, Tekashi 6ix9ine had a multiplatinum hit song, “Fefe,” with Nicki Minaj, which peaked at No. 3 on the pop charts.
His cooperation in the trial could earn him a break at sentencing, and may make him eligible for a witness protection program, reports the AP.