Trial of 6ix9ine
United States of America v. Jamel Jones, a/k/a "Mel Murder," Kifano Jordan, a/k/a "Shotti," Jensel Butler, a/k/a "Ish," Daniel Hernandez, a/k/a "Tekashi 6ix 9ine," Fugan Lovick, a/k/a "Fu Banga," and Faheem Walter, a/k/a "Crippy" is an ongoing criminal case against six alleged members and associates of the Nine Trey Gangsters, including American rapper 6ix9ine and his former manager Shotti. Following a five-year investigation into the gang, the six were arrested on the evening of November 18, 2018 as part of a joint effort by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), New York Police Department (NYPD), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). They face a total of 17 charges related to racketeering, drug distribution, and conspiracy to commit murder.
In October 2018, 6ix9ine was sentenced to four years probation and 1,000 hours of community service regarding the admission in 2015 of taking part in making and disseminating a video that showed a 13-year-old girl giving oral sex and making sexual contact with other individuals. To celebrate receiving probation instead of a jail sentence, 6ix9ine went to go have dinner with a music executive in New York City. His entourage was not allowed in by security, causing a later fight that ended with a person shot. Two members of 6ix9ine's entourage were charged with gang assault. 6ix9ine's manager Shotti later turned himself in on November 7, 2018 in relation to the fight and was also charged with gang assault.
On November 16, 2018, three days prior to the arrests and a week prior to the scheduled release of his debut album Dummy Boy, 6ix9ine unexpectedly announced on Instagram that he had fired his entire team, including his management. He also cancelled his upcoming tour and stated, "Whoever is booking shows for Tekashi 6ix9ine, is stealing your fucking money."
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