In December 2019, Daniel Hernandez, or Tekashi 6ix9ine, as we more commonly know him, pleaded guilty to charges facing him.

But the coronavirus pandemic has been Hernandez's saving grace.

Keep scrolling to read how the star landed himself in jail and how he was released just 4 months after he was sentenced to two years in prison.

People won't be happy about this...

 

The rapid rise and sudden fall of Tekashi 6ix9ine...

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Tekashi 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 as Daniel Hernandez...

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When he was thirteen, his father was 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...

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And this was ultimately when Hernandez's "Tekashi 6ix9ine" persona was born.

Yet, despite his rocky start to life...

The young rapper found quite large success with his music. Hernandez's first proper single was "Gummo." Released in November 2017, it hit the Billboard charts and was remixed by the likes of Offset and Lil Wayne.

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.

When Hernandez was nineteen and still rising through the ranks of internet fame and notoriety, he attended a party on February 22, 2015, where he performed several sexual acts with a thirteen-year-old girl.

He was first arrested in March 2015...

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And 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 in 2018...

After a number of procedural delays and appeals, Hernandez was sentenced in October 2018 to 4 years of probation and 1,000 hours of community service. Miraculously, he managed to avoid any prison time.

But that all changed one month later...

In November 2018, the federal authorities announced a series of indictments against Hernandez, his manager, Kifano Jordan, and others they said were members of the notorious Nine Trey Gangsters.

Who are the Nine Trey gangsters?

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The 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.

And Tekashi was allegedly a member of this gang...

The federal lawsuit accused the rapper and the rest of the crew of running a drug-dealing ring and enforcing their activities through violence.

The charges included racketeering and illegal firearms possession...

And the federal authorities also said the group conspired to commit murder.

Takeshi was denied bail...

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After 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 2019, after months of the rapper being held, he suddenly changed his tune.

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Hernandez suddenly entered a guilty plea to the charges related to his involvement with Trey Nine, according to court records reviewed by INSIDER.

And he agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors in their investigation...

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Hernandez began 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.

He took to the stand...

Altogether, he spent nearly 2 hours on the stand - wearing blue prison scrubs, a white undershirt, and still rocking his rainbow-colored hair, styled in pigtails. In a courtroom potentially filled with current or former Nine Trey members, he testified that he became a member on November 2017, and participated in violent crimes ... including shootings, assaults, and drug trafficking.

And he outed members of the gang...

Directly in front of them. He nervously pointed at the defendants, Aljermiah "Nuke" Mack, and Anthony "Harv" Ellison, and ID'd them as Nine Trey Gang Members.

Other musicians shared their thoughts on Hernandez's cooperation...

And many publicly disapproved, both of Tekashi's actions and his snitching... Because you know what they say! Snitches get stitches.

Even Snoop Dog had his say...

By simply sharing this picture of 6ix9ine with the header, "Tekashi 6ix9ine is safe & secured in jail unit with other snitches" with rat, police officer, and police car emojis. You know it's bad when even Snoop disagrees...

It's safe to say that Tekashi entered some seriously dangerous waters...

Moral of the story? Don't join gangs, kids.

Late last year, Hernandez's hearing got underway...

Aka, he found out whether or not his snitching paid off.

Prosecutors broke down just how valuable he had been in convicting 2 members of the Nine Trey Bloods...

Anthony "Harv" Ellison and Aljermiah Mack were convicted back in October 2019.

Hernandez was originally facing a minimum of forty-seven years in prison.

But, since ratting out his fellow gang members, it was possible that the rapper could be released from prison as early as this year.

His fate was ultimately decided...

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He was sentenced to 2 years in prison with 5 years of supervised release. The judge also imposed 300 hours of community service when he is released from prison and a fine of $35,000.

This is absolutely nothing for the crimes that Hernandez has committed...

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And it turns out that he won't even be serving his full sentence.

His release date was officially released last month...

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The disgraced rapper was set to be released on the 2nd of August of this year, according to reports.

Of course, this is a drastic change from his original sentence...

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But throughout the trial, the twenty-three-year-old cooperated with the authorities and helped inform on other gang members... meaning he got a much easier sentence.

But he has been released way earlier than August.

Why? Well, it's thanks, in no small part, to the coronavirus pandemic sweeping through the world right now.

Lance Lazzaro, who represents the jailed rapper, filed a motion asking for him to be released early to his home...

The rapper apparently has severe asthma, meaning he falls into the "at-risk" group for the deadly virus.

He spent seventeen months in federal custody.

His lawyer filed the motion, referencing the spread of the virus within the US prison system. He stated that he believed that the rapper should be allowed to serve the rest of his 2-year sentence at home.

After several appeals to Judge Paul Engelmayer, who sentenced him, as well as the US Bureau of Prisons...

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The star has been released. This is a developing story. Check back for more updates.