Tekashi 6ix9ine has pled not guilty to federal racketeering and firearms charges, TMZ reports and Pitchfork can confirm. A pre-trial conference is set for January 22, 2019 and the trial is scheduled for September 4, 2019, according to a spokesperson for the United States Department of Justice. 6ix9ine, as well as his co-defendants who also pled not guilty, remain in custody. Pitchfork has contacted representatives for 6ix9ine.
6ix9ine and several associates were arrested in New York City on federal crime charges on November 18. According to the eight-count indictment, viewed by Pitchfork, 6ix9ine and the other defendants “participated in the operation and management of” the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods. The indictment accuses the gang members of murder, robbery, assault, the sale of drugs, and more. Two of the charges that 6ix9ine faces have a maximum penalty of life in prison.
Prior to his arrest, 6ix9ine planned to release his new album DUMMY BOY on November 23. Following the arrest, Tekashi’s team postponed the record’s release “due to circumstances beyond our control.” This past weekend, DUMMY BOY was leaked after the album was temporarily sold as a digital download on the rapper’s web shop.
Learn more about the Brooklyn rapper’s legal history in “Untangling Tekashi 6ix9ine’s Legal Cases, Which Could Soon Land Him to Prison.”
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