TEKASHI 6ix9ine has a long history of run-ins with the law, and recently he and three associates were arrested on a raft of charges.
But will the rapper go to jail, and what has he been charged with? Here’s everything you need to know…
What has Tekashi 6ix9ine been charged with?
Rapper Tekashi 69 – real name Daniel Hernandez – has been arrested by federal agents on racketeering, weapons and drug charges.
The hip hop star seems to attract trouble, having also been hospitalised earlier this year after he was pistol-whipped, kidnapped and robbed of nearly £600,000.
His November 2018 arrest came a month after the rapper avoided jail time after he pleaded guilty to “the use of a child in a sexual performance” after posting a video in 2015.
For that offence he was given four years probation and community service – avoiding a possibly three year spell behind bars.
Only hours after receiving that sentence, Hernandez was involved in a shooting incident at a posh restaurant in upmarket Manhattan.
Tekashi was not injured but his bodyguard was rushed to hospital.
What happened since his arrest?
Tekashi 6ix9ine has reportedly rejected the offer of witness protection despite snitching on his gang pals – because he loves his fame.
The shock news comes after it was revealed the tattooed bad boy grassed on his old Bloods crew just a day after he was arrested by cops.
Tekashi took to the witness stand at the trial of two ‘members’ of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods.
He cut a more demure figure than usual trading his usual loud outfits for a dark blue prison jumpsuit as he ratted out two of his former pals.
Tekashi testified about the various acts of violence he says he witnessed while running with the gang, including shootings, assaults and drug trafficking.
As part of a deal with prosecutors, he listed off the people he ran with in Nine Trey, name-checking Jim Jones and even Cardi B in the process.
The ‘Bodak Yellow’ singer later took to Twitter to clarify she is a member of the Brim Bloods – but is not associated with Nine Trey.
However, despite his betrayals Tekashi has reportedly refused the offer of witness protection – a move some are calling a “death wish.”
TMZ reports he has chosen fame over his own safety as he believes he can pick up where he left off when he is eventually freed from jail.
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Could Tekashi 6ix9ine go to jail?
The short answer is – yes.
Prosecutors say a conviction could result in a mandatory 32-year prison sentence and possibly life.
The 22-year-year star has been denied bail and will remain in custody pending trial.
TMZ reported the star was accused of taking part in an armed robbery on April 3 along with his ex-manager, Shottie, and two others.
He had pleaded guilty in the case in February and made a deal with prosecutors, agreeing to testify against Anthony ‘Harv’ Ellison and Aljermiah ‘Nuke’ Mack in exchange for dodging a 47-year prison sentence.
He later identified Ellison and Mack as Nine Trey gang members.
Ellison is charged with kidnapping and robbing Tekashi in July 2018 and of assaulting a different Nine Trey member last autumn.
Mack is charged with dealing heroin and MDMA.
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