New York, NY – As Tekashi 6ix9ine’s sentencing date inches closer, the speculation surrounding the exact amount of prison time he’ll actually receive is running rampant.
New York attorney Moe Gangat, who has been following the case closely for months, shared an Instagram post last week indicating he’d seen the legal paperwork suggesting the polarizing rap figure will be out of federal prison on Wednesday (December 18).
“Look for Tekashi to get out this Wednesday, December 18 with a sentence of time served,” he says in the video clip. “When it’s all said and done, he’s likely to have served just under one year in federal prison.
“The way federal sentencing works is the government tells the judge what sentence the person should get. Here, the government hasn’t asked for any sentence. When the government doesn’t ask for a sentence, what they’re saying is time served, no sentence.”
But according to paperwork obtained by The Blast, prosecutors in 6ix9ine’s case agree with the New York probation department in their calculation of the minimum sentence for his crime, meaning he’s still facing 37 years.
This grossly contradicts what Gangat explained toward the end of the previous video clip.
“In the Southern District of New York, judges almost always go with the recommendation of the probation department, especially when the probation department and the defense attorneys are both recommending the same thing,” he explained. “Here, the probation department and 6ix9ine’s defense lawyers both say time served. There’s absolutely no reason the judge will give anything other than time served.”
In a follow-up video, Gangat explained why it’s “not likely” 6ix9ine will be locked up for decades.
“On the one side is the government and they’re there to prosecute crimes. On the other side is the defense attorney who’s there to defend the accused of crimes. The judge is supposed to act as a neutral arbitrator to figure out who has the better argument, then make a decision. In this case, the government is not asking for a sentence.
“The probation department, also part of the government, is recommending time served. The defense attorneys are also recommending time served. So it would take something really extreme, really something unprecedented to give anything other than time served.
6ix9ine has been cooperating with the federal government since his November 2018 arrest. As a result, United States Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman officially recommended his sentence be significantly reduced earlier this month, explaining he was crucial to the case.
“[Daniel] Hernandez provided the Government with critical insight into the structure and organization of Nine Trey, identified the gang’s key players, and described acts of violence that he personally witnessed or that he heard about from other Nine Trey members,” Berman wrote. “Hernandez testified in the face of threats of safety to him and his family.”
On Sunday (December 15), Gangat posted two new Instagram videos, warning his roughly 65,000 followers of the click-bait stories currently making the rounds based on his previous videos.
In the most recent clips, he clarifies his initial statements and explains why there’s technically still a chance 6ix9ine could get 37 years behind bars but likely won’t.
Check them out below.