Two men were convicted Thursday in a racketeering case featuring the testimony of Tekashi 6ix9ine, the rapper whose decision to cooperate put him in danger while in jail and made him a target of social media ridicule by other artists labeling him a “snitch.”
The Brooklyn-born Tekashi 6ix9ine, whose legal name is Daniel Hernandez, had pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges accusing him of joining the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, a violent street gang founded on Rikers Island. As part of a plea deal, he agreed to take the stand as a key government witness against two-high ranking members at a trial in federal court in Manhattan.
The 23-year-old rapper’s cooperation could earn him a break at sentencing. It might also him eligible for a witness protection program, though his distinctive facial tattoos -- including a large “69” on his forehead -- could make concealing his identity a challenge.