Tekashi 6ix9ine was given a huge break by a judge in his criminal case, and the rapper was sentenced to two years in federal prison, with an additional five years of supervised release. A huge break considered he was facing decades behind bars.
The judge also ordered Tekashi to complete 300 hours of community service when he is released, and pay a $35,000 fine. He addressed him after handing down the sentence, "Mr Hernandez, the worst part is over. There is a great deal to be admired about you. You're learned a hard lesson here. I wish you very very well."
It appears the rapper will get credit for time served and will be out in just 11 months.
The judge spoke of Tekashi's cooperation with prosecutors but also reminded him how serious the crimes are he committed. "For the better part of a year, you were part of a violent gang," he said. He then spent time going over each violent act that the rapper was involved in including, "attempting to commit murder."
He also mentioned many of the violent attacks were for the benefit of Tekashi, saying the Bloods gang had no interest in music or hip-hop management until he was involved.
In a shocking moment, the judge told him, "Bruce Springsteen sang about murder," making the point that joining the gang was a choice and not just artistic license.
He went on to say, "You are world famous for cooperating. No gang will want to work with you. Everything I've seen suggests to me this has been a searing experience for you."
In the hearing, Tekashi's lawyers told the judge "When you get to know him, he's not a bad kid. If given a second chance by your Honor, I believe you will never see him again."