Tekashi 6ix9ine will learn how much his government cooperation paid off when he returns to court for sentencing on Dec. 18.
The rainbow-haired rapper faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 47 years behind bars — unless prosecutors are pleased with his performance on the stand during a recent gang trial.
The 23-year-old, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, spent three days in September testifying about the inner workings of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, who he says he joined to promote his music.
His testimony ultimately led to the conviction of reputed Nine Trey members Anthony “Harv” Ellison and Aljermiah “Nuke” Mack — and drew scorn from the internet and other rappers.
The entertainer’s only chance now to shave time off his sentence is if federal prosecutors file what’s called a 5K1 letter, telling the judge he was a sterling cooperator who deserves a more lenient sentence.
Prosecutors have indicated that he may need to enter the witness protection program following his release. His lawyers have refused to say if he plans to do so.