NEW YORK, NY – A Brooklyn New York born rapper has turned witness for the prosecution and is currently testifying in a Manhattan trial against other former gang associates in a proceeding that is expected to include about two weeks of testimony.
Daniel Hernandez, known professionally as “6ix9ine” was arrested and charged with federal RICO and firearms charges, including conspiracy to murder and armed robbery. He is believed by prosecutors to be part of a violent street gang known as “Nine Trey Gangsters” and has had numerous run-ins with the law since 2015, with a recent conviction expected to end his career permanently while earning him as much as life in prison.
On February 1, 2019, Hernandez pleaded guilty to nine charges and is due to be sentenced in January 2020, facing as much as 47 years in prison, however, he is currently testifying under an agreement with prosecutors where he will potentially avoid any jail time, possibly winding up with something much worse, the danger from those who he is testifying against.
Hernandez, 23, who has been outlandishly threatening in his music often including references to gang shootings, affiliations and all sorts of threats of violence, is now singing a different tune for prosecutors and is housed in what is being referenced as a federal “snitch unit” while he is expected to enter The Federal Witness Protection Program.
Despite his rainbow colored hair and tattoos, he might be able to hide in plain sight, according to Former FBI official Jay Cramer.
Despite how connected we are, and the appetite for social media content in this country, there are places where, if this kid gets a haircut and wears normal clothes, no one would know or care who he is,” Kramer said.
6ix9ine’s testimony is implicating Anthony “Harv” Ellison, Aljermiah “Nuke” Mack and the entire “Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods” street gang. On the witness stand, he has claimed rapper Jim Jones, Trippie Redd, and Cardi B are also gang members, a claim Cardi B has denied.
While testifying about the Nine Trey Bloods gang Hernandez revealed he became a member by helping fund the gang’s criminal activities and originally met most of the gang at a video shoot for his hit song, “Gummo.”
Hernandez stated during testimony that he wanted real gang members for the video and paid for about three dozen red bandannas for the video. He added that he had joined the gang to increase his street credibility.