Tekashi 6ix9ine is doing everything he can to get a lighter sentence.
Ahead of his upcoming sentencing, the 23-year-old rapper, born Daniel Hernandez, wrote a letter, obtained by TMZ, to the presiding judge, Paul Engelmayer, in his case, expressing regret for his past actions and asking for a second chance.
"As my sentencing date approaches, I am becoming more and more overwhelmed with emotions. More than anything, I am extremely grateful for this opportunity to express my remorse to you, your Honor, over this situation," 6ix9ine began. He went to say that there "is no excuse, no justification and no apology good enough in this world to explain" his crimes. Adding, he's spent the last year reflecting on the mess he made, asking himself if his bad decisions were all worth it.
"I know that my life will never be the same but hopefully this change will be for the better because beyond all of this, I still consider myself a role model to millions of people as an artist, a celebrity and as a human being. I'm happy that the public was able to witness me dealing with the consequences of my actions because I feel like it sheds a light on what can come from gang affiliation," he continued, referencing his scrupulous testimony where he not only named names — he alleged that Jim Jones, Cardi B, Trippie Redd, and many more artists are all gang affiliated— he also revealed his role in Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods and previously unknown details about the gang's activity.
6ix9ine added that he feels that all of what has happened to him was a "part of the plan that God has for me and I am confident that I am ready to face this thing head on." He then doubled down on his previous disavowing of his former gang ties, recounted his kidnapping and explained that he felt relief being "arrested by the Government" because, at the time, he'd lost control of his life. "I now know that I am remorseful for what happened because I was blessed with the gift of an opportunity that most people dream of but I squandered it by getting involved with the wrong people and misrepresenting myself when I should have been true to myself and my fans," 6ix9ine admitted.
The "FEFE" rapper concluded his letter, with an apology, writing, "I'm truly sorry for the harm that I've caused. If given a second chance, I will not let this Court down and I will dedicate a portion of my life to helping others not make the same mistakes that I've made."
As fans know, 6ix9ine is currently facing a 47-year prison sentence. Earlier this month, federal prosecutors also contacted Judge Engelmayer, asking for a much lighter sentence for 6ix9ine given his cooperation since he's been behind bars.
In legal docs, obtained by TMZ, the U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York cited 6ix9ine's "incredibly significant and extremely useful" assistance in prosecuting and convicting two members of the Nine Trey Bloods — Anthony "Harv" Ellison and Aljermiah Mack — as one of the reasons he should be given a reduced sentence.
The feds also acknowledged that Tekashi's testimony in open court put a target on his back and endangered his family. "There's no question that the defendant's life will never be the same because of his cooperation in this case," prosecutors explained, adding that 6ix9ine's family will need "extra safety precautions" at all times to avoid a revenge attack. Prosecutors additionally noted that Tekashi's testimony was what "convinced the jury" in Harv and Aljermiah's case, TMZ reports.
Tekashi is set to face a judge on December 18.
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