AceShowbiz - Tekashi 6ix9ine felt "relieved" when federal authorities arrested him on charges relating to gang activity, because it meant a change of direction in his life.
The "Gummo" rapper, real name Daniel Hernandez, has been facing 47 years in jail on nine racketeering and firearms charges since pleading guilty in February.
However, ahead of sentencing on December 18, Tekashi has written to Judge Paul Engelmayer, expressing his regret over his life choices and activity with the Nine Trey Bloods gang and admitting his arrest probably saved his life.
"I had a feeling of relief when I was arrested by the Government because I felt stuck, like the gang had control of my life and that I would never be able to escape their grip," he wrote. "I needed to do something before it was too late."
Continuing his letter, Tekashi told the judge he is "extremely grateful for this opportunity to express my remorse to you," and reiterated his remorse over getting involved with the gang in the first place.
"I know that I am not a victim because my actions contributed to this mess," he wrote. "I now know that I am remorseful for what happened because I was blessed with the gift of an opportunity that most people dream of but I squandered it by getting involved with the wrong people and misrepresenting myself when I should have been true to myself and my fans."
Pleading for a second chance from the judge, the rapper concluded, "I know that my life will never be the same but hopefully this change will be for the better because beyond all of this, I still consider myself a role model to millions of people as an artist, a celebrity and as a human being. I'm happy that the public was able to witness me dealing with the consequences of my actions because I feel like it sheds a light on what can come from gang affiliation."
"I'm truly sorry for the harm that I've caused. If given a second chance, I will not let this Court down and I will dedicate a portion of my life to helping others not make the same mistakes that I've made."