Jamel “Mel Murda” Jones, who threatened to “super violate” Tekashi 6ix9ine, has been sentenced to 11 years and three months in prison for racketeering and narcotics distribution. The “godfather” of Nine Trey stood before Judge Paul Engelmayer in New York on Thursday morning (Oct. 17).
The threat in question came from Mel’s wiretapped phone conversation with rapper Jim Jones in Nov. 2018. According to New York Daily News, Mel said 6ix9ine should be “super violated. Super duper.”
Mel plead guilty to racketeering and drug dealing charges in April. The gang leader sold two kilos of heroin to an undercover New York police officer for $10,000 in Nov. 2018. He was also convicted on evidence suggesting he had transported large quantities of heroin and fentanyl.
Engelmayer said that while Mel had not been convicted of any violent crimes, the wiretapped conversation strongly pointed toward 6ix9ine’s potential harm. The judge compared the threat to Henry II’s famous line about Archbishop Thomas Becket in 1170, “Will someone rid me of this meddlesome priest,” which led four knights to murder Becket.
“You were literally telling your followers to go out and get Hernandez,” Engelmayer said. “It would have come as no surprise if your followers — your knights — went out and wounded him.”
Before his sentencing, Mel had written a letter to Engelmayer asking for leniency. XXL obtained the letter, in which Mel expressed his regret and detailed his upbringing.
”I took to the streets heavy at the age of fourteen,” he wrote. “The older guys in my neighborhood that embraced us were thugs off the corner and they were involved in illegal activities like drugs and violence.”
Mel had allegedly asked to be released from prison in 78 months. However, he was ultimately sentenced to 135.
”Please allow me to return to them as soon as possible,” he wrote in the letter. “I don’t need a whole lot of time to fix myself. I need counseling and for you to believe in me, and see that I’m not the monster they paint me to be.”
Mel rapped under the name Mel Matrix and was a member of the Jim Jones-led Byrd Gang group. Jim Jones was not charged.