BARTOW, Fla. - A 24-year-old man will spend a year in prison for using an online rap video to recruit members for his Polk County gang.
A judge sentenced Santana Perez on Monday after deputies arrested Perez in October as part 'Operation Rap It Up.' Perez's sentence is the first time authorities have used a new Florida law that allows people to be charged for promoting gang activity.
In a plea deal, Perez pleaded guilty to a number of charges, including using electronic communication to further gang activity and gang recruiting.
Perez must also shut down his website, cover up his tattoos while in public and have no contact with gang members.
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