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Top 6 Gang Leader Convicted

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) Futo Charles, the reputed ringleader of the Top 6 gang, has been found guilty of racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering, possession of ecstasy and possession of marijuana.

The Top 6 gang has been characterized as Palm Beach County's most violent gang. It has been connected to 14 homicides and 150 shootings.

15 deputies lined the walls and aisles of the courtroom. Extra security,because of news that Eguel Geffrard, a witness expected to testify, was shot to death Monday.

A jury spent less than three hours deciding his fate.

Charles seemed expressionless when the verdict was read. However, he seemed upset when his mother approached the front of the courtroom to plead for leniency during the sentencing phase.

"I am 64 years old. If Futo goes to jail I will never see him again," his mother pleaded.

That's when Charles put his head down and shook it as his mother spoke. Through an interpreter, she said her son had been burned as a child and wasn't quite right after that.

His sister said he would take them to church and encourage them to take the right path in life and pleaded for the judge to give him another chance.

"Please judge, please give him another chance," his sister begged.

Prosecutors said Charles had been given multiple chances, had already served time in jail and deserved the maximum sentence.

"Every time he's been released, he's preyed on the Lake Worth community and it's time to put an end to that, and put an end to people like him," argued prosecutors.

They said he had lived a life of crime and should pay for a life of crime.

"We're asking for the court send a clear message to those who participate in a violent criminal organization," said the state attorney.

The judge sentenced him to 65 years in prison out of a possible maximum of 66 years in prison.

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