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Follow up: Granny used in gang-related video

Police say Michael Alfinez manipulated his 85-year old grandmother into spewing profanities and holding up a gun in front of a video camera. Police say Michael Alfinez manipulated his 85-year old grandmother into spewing profanities and holding up a gun in front of a video camera.

Reporter: Alex Zequiera

LAKE WORTH, FL (WFLX) - Update, WED 9:30 AM: It's hard to get politicians to agree on anything, but, in the Florida State Senate, they voted unanimously to pass harsher penalties for gang members.

This new law would not only get tougher on gang bangers, but also on people who produce gang-related videos and other media like the one released this week.

The law would outlaw anyone, regardless if they're in a gang or not, from producing or distributing videos promoting gang violence. It allows laws to ban gang members from greater areas and grants police greater tools to fight gangs - tools reserved for members of the mafia.

Among those, the Kingpin Provision, which can land a gang leader in life for knowingly running and operating an organized crime ring.

The House also adopted its version of the bill. And State Senator Dave Aaronburg from Greenacres supported the bill, but says he's worried about no funding being available for law enforcement to actually enforce these new harsher laws.

The Senate and the House must now agree on all the language in the bill to send it to the governor's office for his signature.

Previously: An 18 year old is behind bars charged with abusing his own grandmother.

Police say Michael Alfinez manipulated his 85-year old grandmother into spewing profanities and holding up a gun in front of a video camera.  Some of the clips of the grandmother ended up on one of the notorious "Gangstas 'n' Thugs" videos.

Tuesday Alfinez made his first court appearance on the charges. The arrest report says a Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputy who had seen the "Gangstas 'n' Thugs" video made a traffic stop in January recovering a tape with more video of the grandmother. The video shows the woman saying, "This is for all the pigs.... I'll shoot you," and other phrases we cannot display on our Web site.

In the video, you can hear someone prompting the elderly woman. The arrest report says that person keeps referring to the elderly woman as "Grandma".

Deputies say they've now tracked down the voice in the background, and it belongs to Alfinez.  He's charged with abusing an elderly person, as well as discharging a firearm in public. The video also contained scenes of Alfinez and others shooting from a car and vandalizing Christmas lawn decorations.

According to the arrest report, Alfinez told deputies he knew his grandmother had memory problems. He admitted dressing her up and getting her to say things in front of the camera.

In court, Judge Paul Moyle called the arrest report disturbing. He set bond for Alfinez at $22,000 dollars and ordered no contact with the victim - in this case the young man's grandmother.

Raymond and Michelle Alfinez were present in the courtroom, supporting their son. They told the judge the grandmother lives with them.  She'll have to move, should Michael bond out.

After the hearing, Mr. and Mrs. Alfinez told Fox 29 their son is not perfect, but they don't believe he's guilty of the charges. "That's my mother," said Mrs. Alfinez.  "That's not true. He didn't abuse my mother. That's his grandmother. He didn't abuse her at all."

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