At the beginning of this month, it was revealed that Daniel "6ix9ine" Hernandez had pleaded guilty to nine counts in his federal racketeering case, and would be a cooperating witness. The plea had actually been made on Jan. 23, but was held from the public until new people, including 6ix9ine's alleged kidnapper Anthony Ellison and accused Chief Keef shooter Kintea "Kooda B" McKenzie, could be added to the indictment and taken in to custody.
Now, the transcript of 6ix9ine's actual guilty plea has been made public. The plea, obtained by Complex, lays out specifically what the rapper admits to doing, and reveals some other new information as well. 6ix9ine says that he "met and joined the Nine Trey Blood Gang" in the fall of 2017—timing that lines up with the filming of the red-bandanna-filled video for his breakout hit "Gummo."
"As a member of Nine Trey, the enterprise engaged in such activities including shooting at people, robbing people, and at times drug trafficking," he continues.
As was previously known, he admits to being involved in three different violent incidents in 2018: an attempted murder on March 20, a robbery on April 3, and a shooting on June 2. The last of these, though no identifying details are given in the plea, lines up with the attempted shooting of Chief Keef. 6ix9ine says of that incident that he "paid a person to shoot at a rival member of Nine Trey to scare him." In other documents, it is made clear that the shooter, who 6ix9ine claims he offered $20,000 (though the fee was later cut in half), is McKenzie. 6ix9ine also says that in 2017, "I and others agreed to sell one kilogram of heroin" in Bushwick.
One other notable part of the plea comes when Judge Paul A. Engelmayer asks 6ix9ine if he has "ever been treated or hospitalized for any mental illness." The rapper says that around 2011 or 2012, he was suffering depression and posttraumatic stress after his stepfather was murdered. "I started becoming just rebelling and not showering, like depression stuff," he explains. As a result, he was prescribed Zoloft and "other medication," but he never took it. "My mom used, like, Mexican remedies," he says, and the symptoms went away.
6ix9ine will be sentenced one year to the day after his plea: Jan. 23, 2020. While he faces a minimum of 47 years, the judge makes clear during the plea that if he should "successfully cooperate" with the government, he could receive a sentence below the mandatory minimum. The remaining co-defendants in the case will begin trial on Sept. 4.