6ix9ine has a long road of legal challenges ahead of him. After news broke that the rapper was arrested on federal charges on Sunday (Nov. 18), it turns out he will have to await trial from behind bars.
As reported by Billboard, 6ix9ine was denied bail by U.S. Magistrate Judge Henry Pitmaneven despite his lawyer, Lance Lazzaro, offering up to $1.7 million (the amount in the rapper's bank account) and to surrender his passport. The judge reportedly explained that he couldn't look past the risk of the rapper's freedom posing a threat given the nature of the allegations against him.
6ix9ine has been indicted on six counts of racketeering, firearms, assault with a dangerous weapon, and conspiracy murder charges. If convicted, he is facing a minimum of 32 years in prison or a maximum life sentence.
"As alleged in the indictment, this gang, which included platinum-selling rap artist Tekashi 6ix9ine, wreaked havoc on New York City, engaging in brazen acts of violence," U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said during the initial court hearing on Monday. "Showing reckless indifference to others' safety, members of the gang were allegedly involved in robberies and shootings, including a shooting inside the crowded Barclay's Center, and a shooting in which an innocent bystander was hit. Thanks to the extraordinary work of HSI, ATF, and the NYPD, the defendants will now face justice in federal court."
According to reports, Lazzaro is planning on appealing the ruling during an emergency hearing on Wednesday (Nov. 21) with U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer. He believes his client isn't a flight risk and should not be detained while awaiting trial.
However, in the meantime, 6ix9ine has reportedly been placed in the general population part of Brooklyn's Metropolitan Detention Center. He recently was able to avoid jail time by entering a guilty plea in regards to the assault charge he was facing from an arrest earlier this summer. After receiving probation, 6ix9ine was warned by the judge to stay out of trouble for a year as part of the terms of the agreement.