One of the suspects who helped kidnap rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine – who happens to be a member of the same Nine Trey Bloods – has been sentenced to 24 years for that crime.
Anthony ‘Harv’ Ellison was sentenced in a federal court in New York city on Wednesday where he received the tough sentence.
He was booked on racketeering, kidnapping, and assault charges as he was convicted of the crimes in October.
In addition, Ellison was also sentenced to five years of supervised release.
Threw the book: Anthony ‘Harv’ Ellison was sentenced to 24 years in prison for being one of the suspects who helped kidnap rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine – who happens to be a member of the same Nine Trey Bloods – among other crimes in a federal court in New York city on Wednesday
This comes more than a year after his trial in which 24-year-old Tekashi – real name Daniel Hernandez – took the stand in identifying Ellison as his kidnapper leaving many to say the rapper ‘snitched.’
The kidnapping was not the only crime brought to light with the help of the rapper but federal prosecutors also got Ellison for various other crimes connected to the Nine Trey Bloods gang.
According to Hernandez’s testimony, he and Ellison were close until their relationship had soured which led Ellison to plot out a kidnapping scheme to get revenge.
The TROLLZ hitmaker had been abducted, pistol-whipped and extorted for money as some of those crimes were captured on camera and played for the jury at the trial.
Ouch: This comes more than a year after his trial in which 24-year-old Tekashi – real name Daniel Hernandez (seen after the incident) – took the stand in identifying Ellison as his kidnapper leaving many to say the rapper ‘snitched’
Hernandez’s girlfriend at the time was also caught on video handing over a bag of goods in exchange for the rapper’s return.
Last year, The Stoopid artist himself was convicted in connection with racketeering, drug trafficking and weapons charges, and got a lesser sentence for his testimony against one-time associates. He was sentenced to two years in custody this last December, and had been slated to be released July 31.
Hernandez was locked up at a secret facility but at the time his lawyer argued he should at least be moved to a community correctional facility because the Nine Trey Gangster Bloods street gang has a presence at his current jail.
Judge Paul A. Engelmayer said the sentence was meant to ‘reflect the seriousness of his crimes,’ even as he praised the rapper’s cooperation as ‘game’-changing’ and ‘brave.’
Before offering prosecutors information that led to the convictions of gang members Ellison and Aljermiah Mack, Hernandez faced a minimum of 37 years in prison.
Tough times: Last year, The Stoopid artist (seen in September 2018) himself was convicted in connection with racketeering, drug trafficking and weapons charges, and got a lesser sentence for his testimony against one-time associates. He was sentenced to two years in custody this last December, and had been slated to be released July 31
Hernandez’s role in convicting the Bloods members was ‘not only substantial, it was extraordinary,’ Assistant US Attorney Michael Longyear told the Associated Press. ‘He was truthful. He was forthcoming. He was an open book.’
Longyear noted that Hernandez’s testimony helped authorities identify and convict other gang members, putting his life in danger.
‘Forever, in the government’s view, he will have to look over his shoulder,’ Longyear said.
In April, Tekashi was released from prison and put on house arrest.
He had been granted a release from a private facility in Queens to home arrest – effective immediately – by the presiding judge in his case, Judge Engelmayer.
‘He’s out and he’s very happy to be released,’ his lawyer, Lance Lazzaro, told NBC News Thursday following the move, adding that the rapper doesn’t currently exhibit any symptoms of the pandemic.
Free man: In April, Tekashi was released from prison and put on house arrest and completed house arrest in August, as he is shown just days later
Lazzaro said Tekashi would be tested for the virus ‘when it becomes readily available.’
In court docs, the judge said that the Fefe artist must wear a GPS tracking device, and live at a location his probation officer clears first, TMZ reported.
The rapper ‘must remain at his residence except to seek any necessary medical treatment or to visit his attorney, in each instance with prior notice and approval by the Probation Department,’ the judge said in court docs.
The Bushwick, New York native’s legal team argued for the switch in venues saying that Tekashi was extra prone to complications from the coronavirus as someone who lives with asthma.
The rapper completed his house arrest four months later in August.