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Tekashi69's ex-manager sentenced to 15 years in prison for gang-fueled shooting spree

2019-09-06

Kifano Jordan is seen in Manhattan Criminal Court on Aug. 19 in New York. Jordan is the former manager of rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine. (Alec Tabak/for New York Daily News)

Tekashi69's former manager was sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday after copping to a gang-fueled shooting spree last year.

Much of Kifano “Shotti” Jordan’s crime spree was done with the rainbow-haired Brooklyn rapper, who is set to testify this month against accused members of the Nine Trey Bloods gang.

“Through a combination of sheer luck and bad aim, no one died,” Judge Paul Engelmayer said in Manhattan Federal Court Friday.

Daniel Hernandez, aka, Tekashi 6ix9ine, appears at his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court on July 11, 2018.
Daniel Hernandez, aka, Tekashi 6ix9ine, appears at his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court on July 11, 2018. (Jefferson Siegel / New York Daily News)

The mayhem last year included an April 3 armed robbery at a Times Square hotel, during which Tekashi allegedly sat in an SUV filming the robbery.

On April 21, Jordan fired two rounds at a rival who was following the Brooklyn rapper’s vehicle. Later that day, Jordan was with Tekashi — whose real name is Daniel Hernandez — and other Nine Trey members inside the Barclays Center when they ran into rival rapper Casanova and his entourage.

An evidence photo shows Kifano (Shotti) Jordan holding a gun during a robbery on April 3, 2018.
An evidence photo shows Kifano (Shotti) Jordan holding a gun during a robbery on April 3, 2018. (USDOJ)

A shot was fired but no one was hurt. Jordan later claimed to have ordered the blast.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Longyear credited Jordan, 37, for taking responsibility for his crimes quickly after he was arrested in November with Tekashi and ten other alleged gang members.

Jordan’s decision to plead guilty prompted other suspects to choose the same path, Jordan’s attorney Jeffrey Lichtman said. The trial of two accused Nine Trey members begins Sept. 16 and Tekashi will be the star witness.

“There’s a real disconnect between the ‘Shotti’ persona that committed all the violence and Kifano Jordan who is a sensitive, caring individual,” Licthman said.

As a young man, Jordan found a sense of belonging in gangs after being abandoned by his dad and ostracized at school, Lichtman argued.

Jordan choked up in court Friday during his sentencing.

“I don’t blame anybody,” Jordan said. “You won’t see me in the court again. I apologize to the victims of my crimes.”