A ninth member of the violent gang that rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine used to associate with has taken a guilty plea in the sprawling federal racketeering case against the crew — the second time this week a defendant in the case has copped a plea deal.
Denard Butler pleaded guilty before a federal judge in Manhattan to a racketeering charge.
The plea came just days after another Nine Trey associate, Kintea “Kooda B” McKenzie, pleaded guilty to arranging the attempted shooting of rival rapper Chief Keef, whose real name is Keith Cozart, last year outside the W hotel in Times Square.
Butler’s decision to plead guilty to the charge leaves two defendants in the case facing trial — Anthony “Harv” Ellison, a former member of Tekashi’s management team who allegedly beat up Tekashi last year and robbed him for $750,000 worth of jewelry and $20,000 in cash; and another alleged Nine Trey member, Roland Martin.
Tekashi, a Brooklyn-born rapper whose real name is Daniel Hernandez and who sports rainbow-colored hair and face tattoos, pleaded guilty to racketeering, drug and gun charges in January and has been cooperating with investigators.
Tekashi’s beef with Chief Keef was the stuff of violent diss songs — such as Chief Keef’s “I Kill People” — and threatening social media posts and eventually culminated into gunplay.
In November, TMZ posted a video apparently showing Tekashi ordering a hit on Keef’s cousin.
Another member of Nine Trey, Fuguan “Fu Banga” Lovick, pleaded guilty last month to taking a shot at another rival rapper inside the Barclays Center.
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