A judge likened a Nine Trey gang leader’s threat to “super-violate” rapper Tekashi69 to Henry II’s famous line, “Will someone rid me of this meddlesome priest?” before imposing a sentence of 11 years and three months.
The wiretapped phone conversation in Nov. 2018 between Jamel “Mel Murda” Jones and rapper Jim Jones resulted in the feds taking down the gang amid fears they were about to hurt or kill Tekashi69, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez.
Tekashi should be “super-violated. Super duper,” Jamel Jones, 39, said in the call played in the trial of two other Nine Trey members.
Jones, the godfather of the “street lineup” of Nine Trey members not in prison, pleaded guilty to racketeering and drug dealing charges in April.
Judge Paul Engelmayer said Thursday that while Jones had not been convicted of any violent crimes, the wiretapped conversation about Tekashi strongly hinted at bloodshed. The line, the judge said, reminded him of Henry II’s famous gripe in 1170 about Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury. Four knights interpreted Henry II’s “meddlesome priest” complaint as an order and killed Becket.
“You were literally telling your followers to go out and get Hernandez,” Engelmayer said.
“It would have come as no surprise if your followers — your knights — went out and wounded him.”
Wiretapped convo between Mel Murda and Jim Jones about Tekashi’s supposed betrayal of 9 Trey Bloods
Jones asked for leniency before being sentenced, saying he’d been swept up in the gang life since he was 15 years old.
“I was recruited at a young age. My decision-making wasn’t the best,” he said.
He insisted he wasn’t the hardcore gang leader the government made him out to be. Jones has been held in three federal lockups since the Nine Trey takedown and not had any infractions for breaking the rules.
“I’m quite sure if I’d wanted to promote gang violence that would have shown up” behind bars, Jones said.
But Jones’s “heavy-duty drug dealing,” as Engelmayer called it, weighed heavily in the sentence. The gang leader sold two kilos of heroin to an undercover NYPD officer for $10,000 in Nov. 2018. Evidence showed Jones provided protection and transported large quantities of heroin and fentanyl.
Jones once rapped under the moniker Mel Matrix and was a member of the Jim Jones-led group Byrd Gang. Jim Jones, who Tekashi called a “retired rapper” on the stand, was not charged.
“Under Jamel Jones’s leadership, the Nine Trey gang acted with impunity to ensure their narcotics business remained intact, including shootings, assaults, and robberies. Now, Jones faces more than a decade behind bars for his role and involvement in this violent gang,”
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said.
Tekashi was arrested along with Jones and other Nine Trey members but began cooperating with authorities almost immediately after being put in handcuffs.