Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine has been jailed for two years after testifying against prominent gang members for a reduced sentence.

Tekashi, real name Daniel Hernandez, faced up to 48 years behind bars on firearm and racketeering charges.

But he was given a reduced sentence of two years, after being credited for helping put several of his former associates of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods in prison.

His information on the gang was described by federal prosecutors as "extraordinary", and "extremely useful".

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Even with the recommendation of a reduced sentence, the court heard how his offences were to violent for him to be released.

He and other gang members wreaked havoc in areas around New York City.

Two victims of a robbery orchestrated by Tekashi hit out at what they perceived to be a lenient sentence for the rapper.

A 33-year-old man wrote in a victim statement: "Why should this person, who nearly ended my life, be free when I am not free?"

Hernandez, 23, faces an uncertain future as the court heard how he could be a target behind bars.

He has even pledged to return to making music on his release, and not go into witness protection.

Hernandez apologised for fans for, he claims, misrepresenting himself.

He stated: "I now know 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.

"I'm sorry to the victims who were affected by my actions, to my fans who look up to me and were misled, to my family who depends on me and to this courtroom for this mess that I contributed to."

He previously pleaded guilty to nine charges.