RAPPER Tekashi 6ix9ine may have to go into witness protection after giving up fellow gangsters in a plea deal that will likely see his sentence slashed.
The 22-year-old has already been transferred to a secure unit for prison snitches after his cooperation with federal prosecutors in NYC helped him avoid a 47-year sentence.
Getty – Contributor Tekashi 6ix9ine has been moved to a facility which houses prison snitches
He had been facing racketeering, conspiracy, weapons possession, drug trafficking and other charges.
His cooperation is expected to significantly reduce the minimum term he would have received, but that meant admitting he joined violent New York City gang Nine Trey Blood Gang and helped gang members try to kill a rival last March.
Witness protection may be required at a later datePlea deal transcript
The deal notes: “It is understood that the defendant’s cooperation is likely to reveal the activities of individuals and that witness protection may be required at a later date.”
Tekashi also admitted involvement in the shooting of rival rapper Chief Keef last June, according to a court transcript.
According to TMZ, the rapper’s sentence is still likely to be in the teens.
GRAND JURY TESTIMONY
As part of his plea deal the rapper reportedly testified before a grand jury, TMZ reporter.
Federal prosecutors say the information Tekashi gave up may require that he be placed under witness protection since he is believed to have implicated individuals involved in extremely violent crimes.
Although his cooperation will reduce the prosecutors mandatory minimum, the final time served will be up to a judge.
In November TMZ reported Tekashi was transferred to a new detention centre from the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Centre (MDC).
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His lawyer Lance Lazzaro told the news outlet that the 22-year-old was moved for “security reasons” after being threatened by ruthless gangsters he was jailed with.
The unit is known to shelter witnesses who have cooperated with the feds, TMZ reports.
However, Lazzaro refused to comment on whether his client had “ratted” on anyone to secure the move to the new prison.
Getty – Contributor Tekashi69 has been transferred to a secure prison unit after being threatening by gang members, his lawyer said
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