'I Still Consider Myself A Role Model For Millions Of People': Tekashi 6ix9ine Asked A Judge For A Low Prison Sentence After 'snitching' On His Gang
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"I still consider myself a role model to millions of people as an artist, a celebrity and as a human being," he wrote. "I'm happy that the public was able to witness me dealing with the consequences of my actions because I feel like it sheds a light on what can come from gang affiliation. I know that this is part of the plan that God has for me and I am confident that I am ready to face this thing head-on."
Tekashi, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, faces life in prison after being charged last year as part of a case connected to the Nine Trey Gangsta Blood Gang.
In documents submitted to the court on Wednesday and obtained by Insider, 23-year-old Hernandez — along with his mother, brother, girlfriend, and several others — wrote letters to the judge ahead of his December 18 sentencing. Lance Lazzaro, Hernandez's criminal defense lawyer, cited the letters to argue that his sentence should be reduced to time served.
Hernandez pleaded guilty and agreed to help prosecutors after pleading guilty to charges involving racketeering, illegal firearms possession, and aiding in attempted murder. His letter comes a week after prosecutors submitted their own letter to the judge, arguing that Hernandez's testimony was helpful and that he should receive a reduced sentence.
Disassociating himself from the Nine Trey Gangsta Blood Gang came 'with a price,' Hernandez saidHernandez detailed his life of crime while testifying against Anthony "Harv" Ellison and Aljermiah "Nuke" Mack, who prosecutors have described as high-ranking members of the Nine Trey Gangsta Blood gang, in September. He named several famous people he believed to be part of the Nine Trey gang, including Jim Jones, his former manager, Kifano "Shotti" Jordan, and rapper Mel Matrix. He also detailed his beefs with rappers Casanova, Trippie Redd, and Chief Keef.
Hernandez has a controversial past: Along with the gang-related charges, he has also admitted to abusing an ex-girlfriend, and he once filmed a 13-year-old performing a sex act on his friend and posted it online.
The letters submitted in court attempt to paint a very different picture of his character.
"It honestly feels like my world is crashing down," Hernandez wrote in his letter to Judge Paul Engelmayer. "There is no excuse, no justification and no apology good enough in this world to explain my crimes. While I have been incarcerated, I have had time to reflect on the recklessness and foolishness of my decisions."
6ix9ine wore a suit during his sentencing for his 2015 child sex case. 6ix9ine/InstagramHe wrote that he had disassociated from the Nine Trey gang before his arrest, which came "with a price."
Hernandez said he was kidnapped and robbed by gang members, and one of his co-defendants in the case was having sexual relations with the mother of his daughter.
Throughout the letter, Hernandez expressed remorse for his actions and asked for a second chance.
"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," he wrote. "I'm sorry to the victims who were affected by my actions, to my fans who look up to me and were misled, to my family who depends on me and to this courtroom for this mess that I contributed to."
"I'm truly sorry for the harm that I've caused," he continued. "If given a second chance, I will not let this Court down and I will dedicate a portion of my life to helping others not make the same mistakes that I've made."
Hernandez's brother compared the rapper's gang involvement to him being a 'scared kid whose light attracted a venomous group'Letters from Hernandez's older brother and mother shed light on the 23-year-old's life growing up in Bushwick, where he was raised by a single mother from a young age.
His older brother, Oscar Hernandez, told the judge that "a year of his life is sufficient enough," referencing how long Hernandez has been behind bars already.
Hernandez at a 2018 court hearing in Texas. Bob Levey/Getty ImagesHe wrote that watching Hernandez get into gang life was like watching "a scared kid whose light attracted a venomous group who exploited him."
His mother, Natividad Perez-Hernandez, described Hernandez as a child saying he had a "good heart and sweet soul."
"Locking up my son, Daniel Hernandez, is an injustice to my family, who relies on him for financial, emotional, and physical support," she wrote. "It is an injustice to his daughter who depends on him and adores him. It is unjust to the many of families that he continues to help because his heart will never stop loving people. It is an injustice to the people who need his example to better their own lives."
Another letter detailed how Hernandez visited a sick child in the hospital and paid his family's rent for a year so they could have more time togetherOther letters submitted on behalf on Hernandez include a letter from his lawyer, one from a school principal, who wrote of Hernandez helping a student with brain cancer, and a family whose charity he donated to.
Martha O'Connell, a principal in New Jersey, told the judge of a kindergartner at her school, who had severe brain cancer.
A friend had contacted Hernandez about the child, and the rapper then traveled from Philadelphia to New Jersey to spend a day with the child and his siblings, playing video games, talking, and listening to music.
Sara Molina, Daniel Hernandez (AKA Tekashi AKA 6ix9ine) and their daughter. Sara Molina/InstagramO'Connell said Hernandez paid the family's rent for a year so they could focus more of their time with the dying child.
"With the right mentoring and support, which I believe Daniel craves, I am confident Mr. Hernandez will have a bright productive future," she wrote.
Hernandez is expected to be sentenced on December 18.