Why is 6ix9ine facing life in prison? The Brooklyn-based rapper has been in and out of court over the past couple of weeks trying to settle his string of legal issues — but this is his most serious yet. 6ix9ine (aka Tekashi69) was arrested with at least four other men on Sunday, Nov. 18 by federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) on racketeering and firearms charges, according to CBS. The “FEFE” rapper remains in federal custody as he awaits a bail hearing on Tuesday, and he could be sentenced to life if found guilty.
6ix9ine’s (legal name: Daniel Hernandez) current legal woes stem from his alleged connection what prosecutors refer to the “Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods,” a gang who is believed to be responsible a series of events that occurred last year.
The chain of events started in April, according to his indictment. 6ix9ine, 22, and a handful of others allegedly robbed one of the gang’s rivals at gunpoint. Just three months later, 6ix9ine and three other men allegedly agreed to shoot someone who had been disrespectful towards them. But as a result of this plan, an innocent bystander was shot on a street corner in Brooklyn.
“This gang, which included platinum-selling rap artist Tekashi 6ix9ine, wreaked havoc on New York City, engaging in brazen acts of violence,” Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States attorney in Manhattan, said in a statement to the New York Times.
6ix9ine appeared in court on Monday, Nov. 20, and was ordered to be jailed without bail by US Magistrate Judge Henry B. Pitman, according to local news station NBC4. He was deemed a likely danger to the community and was called “quite violent” by a prosecutor.
This case is just one of the many legal issues that 6ix9ine faced recently. Last month, 6ix9ine was sentenced to four years probation in a child sex performance case. Just last week, 6ix9ine reached a plea deal in an NYPD officer assault case.
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