A Manhattan federal court judge Thursday shaved two years off the sentence of a former Tekashi 6ix9ine associate because the man was stabbed nine times while behind bars — after he renounced his association with the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods.
“You have now been on both sides of violence,” Manhattan federal court Judge Paul Engelmayer told Roland “Ro Murda” Martin before sentencing him to five and a half years in prison for racketeering conspiracy related to his involvement with Nine Trey.
Defense Attorney Maxwell Bryer told the court his client was brutally attacked during his time in custody at the Metropolitan Detention Center after “publicly” announcing he was leaving the gang in the presence of other members.
Martin suffered two collapsed lungs, a lacerated liver and a wrist wound during the May 30 attack — and then almost died during transport to the hospital because “someone forgot to bring an oxygen tank,” Bryer said.
The former high-ranking gang member also spoke about the stabbing after apologizing for his actions, saying: “I left that life behind me, and I paid the price.”
“It was the most terrifying experience of my life,” he said. “I’m lucky to be alive.”
While the judge said he “deeply respected” that Martin had repudiated gang life, he recited the 38-year-old’s long criminal history and prior stints behind bars before noting “actions speak louder than words.”
“You ran with Nine Trey, committed crimes with them as a fully grown, married man in his late thirties,” Engelmayer stated. “I hope you learn from this tour in prison what you didn’t the last time.”
Martin was arrested alongside Tekashi 6ix9ine, who spent three days on the stand last month testifying against fellow Nine Trey members Anthony Ellison and Aljermiah Mack, who were also facing racketeering conspiracy charges.
Ellison and Mack were convicted last week. The rapper’s sentencing is scheduled for December.