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In SDNY Tekashi 6ix9ine Case Fuguan Lovick Get 85 Months and A Barclays Center Joke

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Thread Scope
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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Feb 12 – Daniel Hernandez a/k/a Tekashi 6ix9ine was sentenced to 24 months of total imprisonment on December 18 in a proceeding live tweeted by Inner City Press before U.S. District Court Judge Paul A. Engelmayer.

  On February 12 one of his initial co-defendants Fuguan Lovick a/k/a Fu Banga entered in shackles for sentencing by Judge Engelmayer. Inner City Press aimed to at least partially live tweet, but it was not possible: no phone use in courtroom and for various reasons not otherwise possible. The government was asking for a sentence of from 90 to 96 months in jail, 84 of them for pleading guilty to shooting a gun at the Barclay's Center in downtown Brooklyn. Lovick declined to speak (he had written a letter); his lawyer Jeffrey Pittel asked for one day on Count 6.

   Judge Engelmayer noted that while Lovick had a number of run ins with the law since 1999, none in the past seven years, and jobs in Home Depot and construction. His father made him sell heroin; he witnessed a murder on the way to school.

  As to the shot, Judge Engelmayer said that Daniel Hernandez was to give a performance and Lovick shot a gun over the heads of a rival rapper's entourage.

 Judge Engelmayer: "I should say that many shots taken in the Barclays Center miss" - then he credited Lovick with missing his gun shot on purpose, but still said it was dangerous. He imposed a sentence of 85 months, then three years of Supervised Release, in Connecticut where Lovick's son lives. He wished Lovick, and two relatives in the gallery, well. And Inner City Press, prohibited from live tweeting the thoughtful sentencing, ran and wrote this. We'll have more, including on April 1.

Inner City Press covered the trial Hernandez testified at, and the other sentencings in the case and will continue to. The case is US v. Jones, 18-cr-834 (Engelmayer). More on Patreon here.


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