Tekashi 6ix9ine pleads not guilty to federal charges as trial date is set

Tekashi 6ix9ine has pleaded not guilty to his federal racketeering charge, TMZ reports.

The controversial rapper, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, will stand trial in September 2019 meaning he’ll be behind bars for almost a year awaiting trial after being arrested in New York City on November 18.

Tekashi could face life in prison as he was indicted on six counts including ‘"conspiracy with others to commit racketeering, discharging a firearm while committing a crime, committing a crime of violence in aid of racketeering, assault with a dangerous weapon, carrying a firearm, and committing a crime in aid of racketeering."

Last week it was reported the rapper had been released from federal prison on Thanksgiving.

Hot New Hip Hop claimed that the rapper has been sent home from the Federal Prison of Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center.

Tekashi 6ix9ine pleads not guilty to federal charges as trial date is set

Tekashi 6ix9ine pleaded not guilty to the charges
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However, the site says that while it appears he’s no longer at the prison, he may have been moved to another facility for his own safety.

While TMZ reported that Tekashi had been moved to a federal facility regularly used to house witnesses who co-operate with the police.

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Tekashi 6ix9ine pleads not guilty to federal charges as trial date is set

He’s reportedly transferred detainment facilities for ‘security reasons’

Sources connected to the detention centre say the move was facilitated by US Marshals on Wednesday night. They claim the rapper specifically asked to be kept in a unit away from the Crips and the Bloods.

Attorney, Lance Lazzro, would not comment on whether or not his client was trying to cut a deal by offering information on others in his racketeering case.

But he did tell the website that the transfer was for "security reasons" as the rapper was getting threats from gang members.

It had been reported that the young rapper was facing a minimum of 32 years in prison over racketeering and firearms charges.

According to TMZ , the controversial rapper’s latest arrest relates to a five-year federal investigation

Tekashi 6ix9ine pleads not guilty to federal charges as trial date is set

He could face life in prison
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He is also facing charges including involvement in an armed robbery, drug dealing and conspiracy to murder.

The most serious charge involves him allegedly discharging a firearm while allegedly committing a crime – it carries a possible life sentence.

The rapper was arrested on Sunday night in New York. His ex-manager was also arrested.

He was later denied bail after a prosecutor told a court he was "quite violent". He will remain in custody until his trial.

It comes after he narrowly avoided prison time in his child sex case.

He was ordered to complete 1,000 hours of community service and avoid any additional arrests.

The judge also said he must refrain from associating with any gang members and avoid all gang activity and also avoid posting or reposting online sexually explicit or violent images of women or children.

Last week, he shocked fans when he announced he had fired his entire team and cancelled his US tour just days before he was due to hit the road.

He said he no longer has a manager, booking agent or publicist.

Mirror Online has reached out to Tekashi 6ix9ine for comment.