AceShowbiz - Tekashi 6ix9ine's gang leader pal Aljermiah 'Nuke' Mack has been sentenced to 17 years of jail time for drug dealing and racketeering as part of the violent Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods set.
Mack was convicted of racketeering conspiracy and conspiracy to distribute heroin and fentanyl, after allegedly helping bring a prolific drug dealer into the gang.
He was identified after Tekashi, real name Daniel Hernandez, testified against the gang members he was previously associated with and pleaded not guilty in the case.
Judge Paul Engelmayer imposed the sentence on Mack after noting he had done "nothing to accept responsibility" for his leadership role in the crimes. Had he pleaded guilty, Engelmayer would have reduced his sentence by several years, he said in court.
"Remember this moment," the judge told Mack when lecturing him to take responsibility for his crimes, reported the New York Post.
The sentencing comes despite a plea from Pedro Sierra, a Bushwick High School teacher and dean, who sent a letter of support backing Mack, describing the gang member as "well respected in the community."
Sierra wrote that he met Mack while teaching at the school in 2000, and insisted he treated "me and the other adults with the utmost respect."
"I know deep down in my soul, if giving the opportunity Mr. Mack will spend his time giving back to our community," Sierra wrote. "Many of the students are also facing many of the same traps Mr. Mack has faced, however, Mr. Mack will be able to help them avoid it."
He added: "In this day and age many of the students will listen to someone who is well respected in the community as Mr. Mack."
Meanwhile, the "Fefe" star is expected to be released from jail this summer (2020), after he was ordered to serve two years behind bars for racketeering and firearms charges in December, 2019 as part of the gang.