Judge slams Tekashi69 pal who partied after release from jail due to coronavirus
Kintea “Kooda B” McKenzie in an undated image.
He partied during the coronavirus pandemic — and it will cost him at sentencing.
A judge slammed a friend of Tekashi69 for partying “in close proximity to others" after being released from jail due to the outbreak — and wrote he was considering a sentence above recommended guidelines.
Kintea “Kooda B” McKenzie persuaded Judge Paul Engelmayer to release him from the Metropolitan Correctional Center on March 30 because his asthma put him at heightened risk of coronavirus. But once McKenzie got out, it was time to celebrate. A video posted to social media showed McKenzie, 22, partying in his Brooklyn apartment.
“The Court views McKenzie’s actions, as shown on the video, as affording an illuminating window into his character,” Engelmayer wrote.
“At least one of the young men at the party appears to be smoking a marijuana cigarette and others are drinking alcohol. The word ‘Blood’ is audible, although the context leaves unclear whether it was intended as a reference to the gang, the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, with which McKenzie associated. The video does not reflect any effort by any attendee to achieve social distancing. To the contrary, the young men, including McKenzie, are packed closely together throughout. They are captured in various forms of physical contact, celebration and embrace,” Engelmayer wrote about the video, which was flagged for the court by an NYPD officer.
Engelmayer will sentence McKenzie on June 24 for taking money from Tekashi, who had ordered revenge on rival rapper Chief Keef. McKenzie then arranged for a shot to be firedat Chief Keef while he stood outside a Times Square hotel on June 2, 2018. Under the terms of McKenzie’s guilty plea, he had hoped for a sentence between roughly four and five years. Engelmayer, in his scathing decision, wrote that he was considering a sentence higher than that.
The partying revealed that McKenzie “misled the Court by feigning genuine concern about contracting COVID-19,” Engelmayer wrote.
McKenzie also “exposed his family and friends to the risk of contracting COVID-19 from him, to the extent that he might already have contracted it at the MCC; and mocked the efforts of other high-risk inmates in the MCC and elsewhere who — without ulterior motives — are today desperately seeking release from jail to reduce their risk of contracting this virulent disease that has killed thousands," according to the judge.
Tekashi named one of his songs, “KOODA,” after McKenzie.
McKenzie and Tekashi were busted along with other members of the Nine Trey Bloods in a gang takedown in 2018 and 2019. Tekashi flipped on his fellow gang members, forcing many to plead guilty before going to trial. Last week Engelmayer ended the rainbow-haired rapper’s two-year sentence early because he also suffers from asthma.
Tekashi, who became famous through his social media hijinks, has kept a low profile online.