Anthony "Harv" Ellison, the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods member convicted of kidnapping 6ix9ine back in July 2018, has yet to be sentenced after being found guilty in a trial last year. In a nine-page letter filed on Wednesday and obtained by Complex, the federal government recommended that Ellison should serve 360 months—or 30 years—to life in prison.
Prosecutors laid out their thinking in the letter. Ellison was "the most culpable defendant convicted in this case," a "high-ranking member" of a "violent gang" who "was committed to the gang life, proud to be a member of Nine Trey, and willing to do whatever was necessary to protect the reputation of the gang."
In the course of the letter, prosecutors laid out a number of incidents related to 6ix9ine's rap career: Ellison's November 2017 assault on Trippie Redd in a New York City hotel, done on 6ix9ine's instruction; his participation in the brawl at the 2018 Yams Day concert; and his role in a fight at a Los Angeles airport in February 2018, which made headlines at the time due to 6ix9ine's involvement.
In addition, the government mentioned an October 2018 slashing that Ellison was convicted of at trial, an event which stemmed from an internal split in Nine Trey. Ellison was informed that a friend of his had been shot and paralyzed by Nine Trey members aligned with 6ix9ine's then-manager, Kifano "Shotti" Jordan. In retaliation, Ellison slashed an associate of the shooters, permanently disfiguring him.
"Ellison’s willingness to permanently alter the visage of another, not because the victim was Ellison’s rival, but simply because the victim affiliated with Ellison’s rivals, evinces a callousness and depravity that goes beyond the pale, even in the context of gang violence," the prosecutors wrote.
Ellison's lawyers submitted their own sentencing recommendation late last month, which included a number of letters from Ellison's friends and family. Among the people who submitted letters testifying to Ellison's character was Christian Ehigiator, 6ix9ine's manager from mid-2017 through March 2018.
Ellison's sentencing is scheduled to take place on Sept. 24.