Tekashi69 Pleads Not Guilty, Will Remain in Prison Awaiting September Trial

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The future's not looking too bright for 22-year-old Daniel Hernandez, otherwise known as Tekashi69 (aka 6ix9ine, aka dude that looks like a felonious anime character).

The young rapper was arrested on firearm and racketeering charges on November 19.

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If convicted, Tekashi faces life in prison.

Hernandez pled not guilty in an arraignment yesterday, but despite shelling out for top-shelf legal representation, the Brooklyn native won't be coming home for the holidays.

The guy's young and rich and well-connected, so perhaps it's no surprise that the judge in his case considers him a flight risk and has decided to deny bail.

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As a result, Tekashi will likely remain in jail at least until the start of his trial in September.

Hernandez's attorney -- the lawyerishly named Lance Lazzaro -- says the rapper is being unfairly persecuted due to the fact that

"An entertainer who portrays a 'gangster image' to promote his music does not make him a member of an enterprise," Lazzaro said.

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"Mr. Hernandez became a victim of this enterprise and later took steps by firing employees and publicly denounced this enterprise through a morning show. Threats were then made against his life which resulted in this case being brought immediately."

Prosecutors say that despite Lazarro's claims, Hernandez did not denounce the gang he's allegedly been a member of since childhood and has in fact remained active in the "enterprise" despite his success in the music world.

Tekashi has been charged with orchestrating a robbery at the Barclays Center earlier this year.

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He allegedly shot at a victim during the heist.

Discharging a weapon during a robbery carries a minimum sentence of 25 years in New York State.

But even if Mr. 69 somehow skates on those charges, he'll still almost certainly end up doing hard time.

 
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Hernandez has yet to be sentenced for an April incident in which he allegedly ordered several employees to rob a rival crew.

Prosecutors say the rapper did not participate in the robbery, but instead sat in a car outside and filmed the whole thing on his phone.

On top of all that, Tekashi is still facing charges in a connection with a sexually explicit video involving a 13-year-old girl.

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Hernandez is not accused of having sex with the girl, but court documents allege that in the footage, he "stands behind the child making a thrusting motion with his pelvis and smacking her on her buttocks" while she performs a sex act on another man.

But hey, in a bit of good news for the rapper, Tekashi's long-awaited sophomore album was released today after being leaked online over the weekend.

The project is aptly titled Dummy Boy.

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