NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) — Tekashi 6ix9ine, the Brooklyn rapper who scored hits with “Gummo” and “Fefe” but was tripped up by his association with a violent criminal gang, was sentenced to two years in prison on Wednesday.
He was also sentenced to five years of supervised release as well as 300 hours of community service.
Tekashi, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, pleaded guilty last year to 9 charges, including counts of conspiracy, racketeering, firearms offenses, drug offenses, and drug trafficking and faced up to 47 years in prison.
However, federal prosecutors requested that Hernandez receive a reduced sentence due to his role as a cooperating witness against other alleged members of the Nine Trey gang.
Prior to his sentencing, Hernandez wrote a letter to the court expressing his remorse.
“I now know that I am remorseful for what happened because I was blessed with the gift of an opportunity that most people dream of but I squandered it by getting involved with the wrong people and misrepresenting myself when I should have been true to myself and my fans,” Hernandez wrote.
Tekashi 6ix9ine burst onto the national music scene in 2017 with the release of his hit single “Gummo” with the music video for the track viewed more than 350 million times on YouTube. The video, which showed the rainbow and tattoo-festooned Tekashi cavorting with piles of money and guns and appearing with people who appeared to be affiliated with the Bloods criminal syndicate.
However, Tekashi maintains that he was not a member of the gang when “Gummo” was released and only later joined the gang as a way to boost his credibility in the rap scene.
In 2015, Hernandez pleaded guilty to the use of a child in a sexual performance after he was arrested for filming a 13-year-old girl performing a sex act and posting the video to social media.