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Tekashi 69’s Plea Deal Includes Possible Witness Protection, Shortened Sentence

February 17, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Tekashi 69’s pleas deal will reportedly see his sentence shortened, and may end up with him in witness protection. TMZ reports that the plea deal has been made publicly available and will see him avoid the mandatory minimum sentence of forty-seven years should he continue cooperating with authorities.

The deal means that the rapper, who pled guilty to nine counts of federal charges including racketeering, conspiracy, firearms offenses, and narcotics trafficking, has cooperated with authorties and testified before a grand jury. The plea deal says that the U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York has agreed not to prosecute him for several crimes, and that they are not persuing charges for crimes he told prosecutors about but had not yet been charged for. If he keeps talking, then “the government agrees that it will file at the time of sentencing a motion … for a sentence below any mandatory minimum.”

The deal also notes, “It is understood that the defendant’s cooperation is likely to reveal the activities of individuals and that witness protection may be required at a later date.”

The aite notes that while it isn’t yet certain how much time the prosecutors will recommend, the sentence will might be in the teens range, a significant cut from the mandatory forty-seven.

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