Tekashi 6ix9ine will NOT be walking away from court today a free man as suggested by previous reports … because the judge says 13 months in custody is not enough time for the serious crimes he’s accused of.

Tekashi, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, appeared in federal court Wednesday (Dec. 18) for sentencing in his racketeering case, and Judge Paul A. Engelmayer revealed that the rapper will not be released from prison with time served.

“Mr. Hernandez, I’ve given it a lot of close thought, including your cooperation. The following are my thoughts…

“You are in custody for 13 months. I agree you deserve a great deal of credit for cooperation. However,  I cannot agree with your counsel that time served is appropriate. In my judgment, your conduct is too violent and selfish to make 13 months reasonable. You will not be going free today.”

Engelmayer’s judgment also included mentions of incidents with rappers Trippie Redd, Chief Keef and Casanova, with the judge also noting: “Before you, the gang didn’t fight with rap entourages. They had no independent interest in going after musicians and their management groups … I reject the portrait of you as a passive participant.”

Judge Engelmayer later added:

“Mr Hernandez, if you expected to be released today, you will be disappointed. But you were wise to cooperate. Your cooperation will result in years more liberty.

“It is the judgment of the court you are to serve a term of 24 months in prison, with five years of supervised release.”

Because Tekashi has already spent 13 months in jail, that means he’ll only have to serve 11 months of that 24-month sentence … meaning he will be out of prison sometime in November 2020.

Once he’s out, he will spend the next five years on “supervised release,” and will be required to perform 300 hours of community service and pay a $35,000 fine.

Tekashi faced the possibility of life in prison, so while he will not be released today, 11 months is a far cry from what he was facing.

See the rest of Judge Engelmayer’s statement to Tekashi before sentencing him to 24 months in prison below:


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