Daniel Hernandez, or Tekashi 6ix9ine as we more commonly know him, has completed his first day on the stand in federal court for gang-related crimes. In January, the twenty-two-year-old rapper pleaded guilty to charges involving racketeering, illegal firearms possession, and aiding in attempted murder as part of the violent Trey Nine gang.
But Hernandez, who is facing at least forty years behind bars, has seemingly been quick to ditch his hardened gang persona by cooperating with federal authorities for their investigation into other members of the organization. And now, he has testified against his old gang members and even identified individuals by pointing them out in the packed courtroom.
Keep scrolling to read the full story that resulted in a visibly terrified Hernandez to be in this position...
The rapid rise and sudden fall of Tekashi 6ix9ine.
via: GettyTekashi 6ix9ine has made one hell of a name for himself... But for all the wrong reasons. He developed a unique persona as a hardcore rapper in 2017 and became well known for his excessively tattooed face and rainbow-dyed hair.
He didn't get off to the best start in life.
via: GettyWhen he was thirteen, his father has murdered just one block from his family home.
The experience had a huge impact on Hernandez, and he soon dropped out of school and started working odd jobs to help his mother.
"My pops died in eighth grade, and I just started bugging in school," he told the podcast "No Jumper" in a 2017 interview. "I was thirteen. I was waiting for my pops to come back home, and he never came."
He turned to selling drugs to make ends meet.
via: GettyAnd this was ultimately when Hernandez's Tekashi 6ix9ine persona was born.
Yet, despite his rocky start to life...
And he has mingled with some big names.In 2018, 6ix9ine released "FEFE," a collaboration with Nicki Minaj, Murda Beatz, and Kanye West.
However, the rapper has consistently been in and out of trouble with the law.
He was first arrested in March 2015.
via: GettyAnd Hernandez later told police he thought the girl was nineteen. He's also contradicted his plea statement in several interviews, insisting that he didn't engage with the girl sexually and thought she was older.
He was finally sentenced for the child-sex case last year.
But that all changed one month later.
Who are the Nine Trey gangsters?
via: GettyThe United Blood Nation street gang was established in 1993 at the Rikers Island jail complex in New York City and operates on the East Coast of the United States. The gang has allegedly been engaged in the sex trafficking of women and racketeering in Virginia, New York, and other areas. The gang was also allegedly involved in the distribution of illegal drugs, including heroin, cocaine, and marijuana.
And Tekashi was allegedly a member of this gang.The federal lawsuit accuses the rapper and the rest of the crew of running a drug-dealing ring and enforcing their activities through violence.
The charges include racketeering and illegal firearms possession.
And the federal authorities have also said the group conspired to commit murder.
If convicted, Hernandez and everyone else charged could face life in prison.
Takeshi was denied bail.
via: GettyAfter he initially pleaded not guilty to the charges, the judge denied him bail, citing an FBI raid in September that found an AR-15 assault rifle and a stolen ID from a man robbed in Times Square.
But, In January this year, he suddenly changed his tune.
via: GettyHernandez suddenly entered a guilty plea to the charges related to his involvement with Trey Nine, according to court records reviewed by INSIDER.
And he has agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors in their investigation.
via: GettyHernandez has been opening up about his doings while in the gang. "I paid a person to shoot at a rival member of Nine Trey to scare him. The shooting took place in Manhattan. I did this to maintain or increase my own standing in Nine Trey," Hernandez told the judge, according to a court transcript.