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Tekashi 6ix9ine News: Does Status Entitle You to Special Treatment in Prison?

This past Monday, Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine faltered into a Manhattan courtroom pleading not guilty to charges stating that that he’s a violent, drug-dealing gang member. Is his celebrity status getting him special treatment in jail?

Tekashi’s lawyers revealed that Tekashi was transferred to another jail because he received threats from co-defendants.

Wearing navy prison scrubs, sporting his signature rainbow-color braids, Tekashi appeared melancholy along with three other “alleged” gangbangers. They were all hauled into a Manhattan federal court last week after being indicted.

The indictments were for firearms and racketeering charges.

Assistant US Attorney Michael Longyear laid out the recitation of charges against the men to a courtroom filled with relatives.

Tekashi 6ix9ine Denied Bail in Court. Judge Says He's a Flight Risk.
Tekashi 6ix9ine Denied Bail in Court. Judge Says He’s a Flight Risk. Image Source: Billboard

What Are Tekashi 6ix9ine & His Entourage’s Alleged Crimes?

Longyear said there is video surveillance that links Tekashi to an April 21 shooting at the Barclays Center in New York’s Brooklyn area. Tekashi most famously known for his song “Gummo,” was set to perform an entrance song for one of the boxers of the evening.

The Brooklyn-born rapper and his entourage were at the venue for the fight between boxers Adrien Broner and Jessie Vargas, one of three for that evening.

However, on their way to a VIP area, they were confronted by a rival rap group,.  After that someone from Tekashi’s pose fired one shot. Luckily, no one was hurt. 

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At the scene, a single .32-caliber shell was found. Yet, it was not processed until after it was handled by arena staff. Tekashi and his pals stayed behind to answer police questions.

However, none of the men had weapons.

Daniel Hernandez, the real name of Tekashi, is being accused, along with five others, of menacing the city as members of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods. This gang is supposedly an offshoot of the nationwide street gang established in 1993 at the Rikers Island Jail.

Takeshi 6ix9ine prior to the April 21, 2018 shooting. Police say this is one of the photos that proves he's a Nine Trey Gangster Blood member.
Takeshi 6ix9ine prior to the April 21, 2018 shooting. Police say this is one of the photos that proves he’s a Nine Trey Gangster Blood member. Image Source: Page Six

Others Involved in the Tekashi 6ix9ine Crime

Others charged in connection with the crime include:

  • His just-fired manager, Kifano Jordan aka “Shottie”
  • Three former associates:
    • Faheem “Crippy” Walter
    • Jensel “Ish” Butler
    • Jamel “Mel Murda” Jones

Does Takashi’s Fame Mean He Deserves Special Treatment in Jail?

The Post last week reported that Tekashi was transferred from a federal jail in Brooklyn to an undisclosed lockup due to threats he was receiving against his life.

Lance Lazzaro his lawyer said  that Tekashi is in a “facility in Queens”:

He was moved because of his co-defendants’ threats. He is pretty good but he’s not happy.

His co-counsel, Dawn Florio, his co-counsel, added:

He’s safe but he’s not happy to be in jail.

Mysteriously one day Tekashi was moved out of the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn last week after also receiving threats from “other gang-affiliated inmates” while in general population

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As for the Tekashi’s conspicuous limp, his lawyers assured the press he had not  been attacked in jail. They blamed the impairment on the cuffs around his ankles.

The Signature Look of Brooklyn Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine
The Signature Look of Brooklyn Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine. Image Source: The Source

Tekashi: Special Treatment Due to Status?

Tekashi 6ix9ine is one of the most famous prisoners in New York at the moment. And apparently he’s ruffling a few feathers.

Nothing is formally confirmed. But it’s being said that the rapper is making his fellow inmates upset with him supposedly being treated better than them.

TMZ is reporting that as soon as Tekashi arrived at the correctional facility, which is often used to house informants, a dorm was cleared out. The only ones let back in were those who were NOT affiliated with the Nine Trey Gangsters.

Tekashi was then placed in the dorm with 11 other inmates who were described as compliant.

The dorm in question is typically used for:

Other Inmates Reaction to Tekashi’s Presence at the Jail

Some of the other inmates became vocal. They were screaming their displeasure at what they perceived as special treatment.

An inmate near Tekashi’s dorm dogged him by singing a song about a child predator. Tekashi was convicted of a child sex crime. He plead guilty in 2017 and was placed on 4 years’ probation.

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Tekashi Responds to Media about Sex Crime Allegations
Tekashi Responds to Media about Sex Crime Allegations. Image Source: Hip Hop DX

Current Status of the Tekashi 6ix9ine Criminal Case

Prosecutors said they’re busy going through the New York rapper’s three cell phones and his social media, including:

  • Snapchat
  • Instagram
  • iCloud
  • Email

It’s alleged that Tekashi filmed an April robbery in Times Square. Prosecutors say that some of items stolen, including jewelry, were found at 6ix9ine’s Brooklyn home in September.

Longyear said the suspected gang members were also responsible for other acts of violence.

In response to the entire situation, Hip Hop artist Tekashi 6ix9ine said:

I have millions of youth that look at me as a role model and the last place I want to be is incarcerated, they don’t deserve it.

Let’s hope that somehow he means these words and cleans up his act once he gets out of this current mess. To be a valuable role model, you have to be a model citizen… not one of New York’s famous prisoners.

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Merri Wong
Merri Wong has had an interest in law and social studies since her early days in life. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Paralegal Studies, and currently works as a freelance writer. Her writing portfolio includes numerous topics from reviews to relationships, from mental health to marriage. Merri currently helps report the news for Prison Rideshare Network.