Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine Denied Bail, Could Spend Up to a Year in Jail Awaiting Trial
The rapper has been behind bars since Nov. 18
Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine could face close to a year behind bars while he awaits his trial after he was denied bail Monday morning.
The rapper, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, was denied bail after pleading not guilty to charges that include drug trafficking, racketeering and armed robbery, among others.
Tekashi, 22, has been in jail since Nov. 18. His trial is slated to begin on Sept. 4, 2019.
According to TMZ, Tekashi’s attorney, Lance Lazzaro, asked the court if he could post bail of $750,000 for the rapper to remain on house arrest and surrender his passport, but it was denied.
Federal authorities say the rapper is a member of the Nine Trey gang. The charges he faces stem from an incident in April in which he and other members allegedly robbed a man at gunpoint in Times Square.
Later in the month, a Nine Trey gang member supposedly fired shots at Barclays Center in Brooklyn — no one was hit.
In July, a bystander was allegedly shot and wounded by Nine Trey gang members who were targeting someone else at a barbecue in Brooklyn.
Tekashi was previously sentenced to four years of probation after he pleaded guilty to charges that he made and distributed a sexually explicit video featuring a 13-year-old girl in 2015.
Lazzaro is now planning to apply for bail directly to the trial judge, TMZ reported.
ABC News reported the rapper was recently moved from the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn to an undisclosed facility for safety concerns.
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