Futo Charles, Haitian leader of one of South Florida’s most violent gangs, Top 6, was sentenced to 65 years in prion for racketeering. The 30 year-old was linked to more than 14 homicides, and 150 shootings. In addition to being charged with conspiracy to commit racketeering, Charles was convicted of two additional drug charges. Charles’ attorney, Marianne Rantala argues that the sentence is too harsh, and that there was not sufficient evidence to link her client to the shootings.
With a membership of 400, the Top 6 gang is associated with the recent homicide of gang member, Eguel Geffrard, who was slated to testify against Charles in the trial. Geffrard was found murdered in a Florida parking lot the same day as the trial.
Charles acknowledges his affiliation with Top 6, but claims it is nothing more than a rap group.