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Nine Trey’s Jamel “Mel Murda” Jones has been sentenced to 11 years

Judge Paul Engelmayer equated Jones’s threat toward 6ix9ine to Henry II’s “meddlesome priest” remarks about Thomas Becket.

October 17, 2019
Nine Trey’s Jamel “Mel Murda” Jones has been sentenced to 11 years Bennett Raglin/Getty Images

Jamel "Mel Murda" Jones, the "godfather" of Nine Trey, has been sentenced to 135 months in prison, or 11.25 years, for racketeering and narcotic distribution. During his sentencing, which took place this morning in New York, Judge Paul Engelmayer interpreted a wiretapped phone conversation between him and rapper Jim Jones — in which Jamel said 6ix9ine should be "super violated" — as a threat to 6ix9ine's life.

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Earlier this month, Jones pleaded for leniency with a letter addressed to Engelmayer, in which he explained his early gang involvement: "I took to the streets heavy at the age of fourteen... I wanted to fall back from the gang life and do the right thing by my family, but I felt like I was somehow being wrong to my gang family, because at that point, I really believed they had been there for me when I had no one."

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Nine Trey’s Jamel “Mel Murda” Jones has been sentenced to 11 years