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Bird Road Rudy's video gets him 6 1/2 years

Bird Road Rudy, the gang leader who posted a YouTube video of himself and his buddies waving guns in the air as they taunted police, was sentenced to 6½ years in prison on Wednesday in Miami federal court.

Rudy Villanueva, 31, had pleaded guilty in February to being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

A multiagency task force arrested Villanueva -- the leader of the Bird Road Boys gang -- and Anthony Logan, 22, in January, days after The Miami Herald reported on several YouTube videos featuring the men.

In one video, Villanueva and Logan pointed assault rifles and handguns at the camera in a message directed at Miami-Dade's gang unit -- taunting police to "come get some."

"Metro-Dade gang unit, here I am, baby, " Villanueva said with a smirk, an AK-47 in his hand. "You know you hate seeing me like this."

Logan also pleaded guilty in February to a charge of providing weapons to a known felon. In April, he was sentenced to one year in prison.

Federal agents found weapons and more than 800 rounds of ammunition at Logan's apartment, according to a criminal complaint filed in court.

Among the confiscated items: a Mossburg shotgun and AK-47 semiautomatic rifle identified as the weapons Villanueva displayed in the video.

Villanueva, a felon with more than 20 arrests since 1995, has been the gang's leader for the past two years, police said. He also goes by the nickname King Bird Road.

Villanueva told investigators the video was meant to "instill fear in people who will 'roll up on me, ' " according to the criminal complaint.

But the law-enforcement community, which has seen four officers killed in the past year, didn't take the video lightly.

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