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Latest defendant in Tekashi 6ix9ine case given 20-year sentence

6ix9ine will be sentenced later this month.

Aaron “Bat” Young was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Monday (Dec. 2) as the latest defendant in the Tekashi 6ix9ine-related Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods case. According to Complex, Young initially pleaded guilty back in April to racketeering charges and was sentenced during a hearing at the Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse in Manhattan, NY.

Along with racketeering charges, which 6ix9ine also faces, Young was found guilty of dealing fentanyl with fellow Nine Trey member Kristian “CEO Kris” Cruz. During the hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Longyear explained that some of the kilograms of fentanyl were sprayed with vinegar and sold as heroin. Cruz, 6ix9ine and the rapper’s driver, Jorge Rivera, cooperated as witnesses and previously testified during the trial of Nine Trey members Anthony “Harv” Ellison and Aljermiah “Nuke” Mack, who were both found guilty on racketeering charges following their testimonies.

Cruz also included Young’s nonfatal attack on Nine Trey member Shane “Snow Billy” in his testimony, whom Young shot in the back of the neck last January.

However, Young’s attorney, Aaron Mysliwiec, angled for a lighter sentence and claimed that he was a victim of Cruz and Jamel “Mel Murda” Jones, who was previously sentenced to 11 years in prison.

“Jones and Cruz manipulated the dominoes for their own ends,” Mysliwiec said. “I am certain Mr. Cruz saw a man he could use as a worker, [...] a man he could manipulate to protect himself.”

Judge Paul Engelmayer ultimately sentenced Young to 20 years in prison, although “with a heavy heart.” Engelmayer cited Young’s “vicious” attack on Hardy in his ruling.

“A lower sentence would not capture the horrors of the crimes you committed,” he said.

6ix9ine marks the next defendant in the case that is scheduled to be sentenced. The “FEFE” rapper has been in custody since his arrest on racketeering and firearms charges last November. His sentencing date is set for Dec. 18 at 10 a.m. EST. Due to his cooperation with the federal government, he’s expected to receive a more lenient sentence than his previously mandated 47-year minimum.

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