Throughout the hearing, Hernandez aka Tekashi 6ix9ine told the court that he wanted to be a role model for young people by showing them they can reform after being caught up in gang crime.
The hip hop artist that made his money and achieved his fame through violent lyrics and sexual content was now asking the court to see that he was a changed man.
Fox 5 News journalist Lisa Evers, who reported on the trial, said: “He testified that he was a member of this gang but that he was basically doing it as a publicity stunt to promote his career.
“I can’t even tell you how shunned he is right now by the hip-hop world here. They even call him ‘Tekashi Snitch 9ine’.”
The rapper testified during the court proceeding weeks ago in hopes that his testimony against others might allow him to receive a shorter sentence, although he was previously facing a minimum of 47 years behind bars with the possibility of a life sentence.
The US government star witness expected to receive a better chance of getting a more lenient sentence due to his co-operation.
Hernandez hoped to get a 5K1 letter from the US Attorney, which would allow the judge to consider and review the information provided and go underneath the mandatory minimum sentence, potentially even to time served.
After pleading not guilty to the charges at first, he entered a plea bargain that was the start of his giving evidence to the government.
Judge Engelmayer: However, I cannot agree with your counsel that time served it appropriate. In my judgment, your conduct is too violent and selfish to make 13 months reasonable. You will not be going free today.#Breaking
— Inner City Press (@innercitypress) December 18, 2019
His biological father also made a surprise appearance in court earlier during the hearing.
Wild moment in Tekashi69's court hearing. Hernandez's biological father, who left his son and family when Hernandez was just a kid, shows up in court. Tekashi noticed him during his statement and broke down, wants to know why he's here.
— Ali Watkins (@AliWatkins) December 18, 2019
Tekashi 6ix9ine will be getting a two year prison sentence when it is all said and done.
everyone who thought he was getting out 😔 pic.twitter.com/YzpidZTU1b
— arthur MUA (@ArthurHalls) December 18, 2019
Tekashi 6ix9ine was sentenced to 24 months in prison. 300 hours of community service, $35,000 fine, and 5 years of supervised release.