Seventh Defendant in 6ix9ine Racketeering Case Pleads Guilty
Less than one month after a sixth defendant entered a guilty plea in 6ix9ine's federal racketeering case, a seventh person has stepped forward to do the same.
During an appearance in Manhattan's Thurgood Marshall Courthouse on Thursday (May 9), Fuguan Lovick, a man whom police arrested for firing shots outside of the Barclays Center in April of 2018, pleaded guilty to violent crime in aid of racketeering and using or carrying a firearm during and in relation to, or possessing a firearm in furtherance of, a crime of violence. His sentencing is set for Aug. 19.
Identified as a shooter for 6ix9ine's gang the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, Lovick was arrested on May 6, 2018, for allegedly firing shots at rapper Casanova's crew outside Brooklyn's Barclays Center on April 21, 2018. Lovick had originally entered a not guilty plea for the charges on April 30 of this year. Now that he's changed his plea, his sentence could be drastically reduced, though we won't know for sure until the sentencing date.
Before today, 6ix9ine's co-defendants, Jamel "Mel Murda" Jones, Kifano "Shotti" Jordan, Jensel "Ish" Butler, Faheem "Crippy" Walter and Aaron "Bat" Young, had all changed their originally entered not guilty pleas to guilty. 6ix9ine entered his guilty plea on Jan. 23.
All of these mounting guilty pleas are important because they could play a role in 6ix9ine's potential early release. Last month, TMZ reported that 6ix9ine's lawyers were hoping that all of the defendants in 6ix9ine's case would plead guilty so there would be no need to go to trial. The trial is currently set to begin on Sept. 4.
Now that there's a seventh guilty plea in 6ix9ine's case, only four defendants have refrained from entering a guilty plea. Those defendants are Kintea "Kooda" McKenzie, Anthony Ellison (aka, Harv), Denard Butler and Roland Martin, who all entered not guilty pleas on May 1.
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