FILE- In this Sept. 21, 2018, file photo rapper Daniel Hernandez, known as Tekashi 6ix9ine, performs during the Philipp Plein women's 2019 Spring-Summer collection, Milan, Italy. A New York jury began deliberations on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, the federal trial of two alleged members of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, a gang that the up-and-coming rapper joined to give himself street credibility. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)

2 men convicted at trial on Tekashi 6ix9ine testimony

October 03, 2019 - 11:50 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Two men have been convicted in a federal case featuring the testimony of rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine (teh-KAH'-shee siks-NYN').

The verdict Thursday came at a Manhattan trial where he was a star government witness against fellow members of a violent faction of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods.

The rapper, whose legal name is Daniel Hernandez, testified that he joined the gang to give him street credibility in exchange for a cut of his music industry earnings. He described being abducted and robbed at gunpoint after having a falling out with one of the defendants.

After his own arrest, Tekashi 6ix9ine pleaded guilty and became a cooperator. The decision made him a target of social media ridicule by other performers labeling him a "snitch."

The rapper's cooperation could earn him a break at sentencing.