Tekashi 6ix9ine pleads guilty, admits he was part of a violent gang
Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine has pleaded guilty to nine crimes, including attempted murder, according to US reports.
In court, the 22-year-old Gummo singer admitted joining the Nine Trey Blood Gang in autumn 2017 and helping members to attempt to kill a rival on 20 March 2018 "to increase my own standing".
The musician, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, said he also helped other gang members rob people at gunpoint as part of a pledge by new gang members to commit at least two crimes.
On 2 June last year, he said, he “paid a person to shoot at a rival member of Nine Trey to scare him”.
“I apologise to the court, to anyone who was hurt, to my family, friends and fans for what I have done and who I have let down,” 6ix9ine said.
His deal with federal prosecutors suggests the rapper may be shown leniency when it comes to sentencing.
He currently faces a maximum mandatory sentence of 47 years for his crimes.
Sentencing was set for January 2020 - but the rapper's ongoing safety remains a concern.
“In the very beginning of the case when we found out that my client’s security was at risk because of threats by his co-defendants, we have done everything to protect himself and his family," his lawyer, Dawn Florio, said.
It is understood Tekashi 6ix9ine is being held in a federal prison at an undisclosed location.