The rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine was sentenced to two years in prison Wednesday by a judge who said his extraordinary cooperation with prosecutors let him dodge potential decades in prison but did not absolve him entirely for using a violent gang as his “personal hit squad.”

Tekashi 6ix9ine has already served 13 months and will be released in late 2020.

The three-hour sentencing proceeding Wednesday included plenty of drama, including a moment where the rapper seemed visibly shaken to see his natural father, someone he hasn’t been in contact with since age 9, among the spectators in the courtroom. When the father later stood up and tried to address the judge, Tekashi 6ix9ine did not turn around to look at his father. His lawyer and a prosecutor agreed the man should not speak.

“You, Mr. Hernandez, essentially joined Murder Incorporated,” Englemayer said.

The judge said there was no reason for it since Tekashi 6ix9ine had achieved commercial success and fame before he decided to “join the gang and use it as your personal hit squad.”

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