'Hot felon' Jeremy Meeks receives federal prison sentence


UPDATE:  This week, Jeremy Meeks was convicted in federal court on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was given a 27-month prison sentence, according to a Sacramento news station. Meeks was also ordered to participate in a substance abuse treatment program.

Read the original story below.

Female Facebookers are swooning over a dreamy-eyed stranger. There's only one problem—he's behind bars.

30-year-old Jeremy Meeks' mugshot went viral in 2014, racking up thousands of likes and comments in less than 24 hours on the social media site. 

Meeks, a convicted felon, was arrested on five weapons charges and one gang charge, according to Officer Joseph Silva, a spokesman for the Stockton Police Department.

>> Read more trending stories  

Silva declined to say what Meeks was previously convicted of, saying the department does not routinely release information about a suspect's criminal history.

No previous arrest photo has garnered so much positive attention since the department set up the Facebook page in March 2012, Silva told The Associated Press.

"I have not seen that many likes for a photo before," he said.

Some comments read: "OMG he's waaaay too sexy to go in a cell—bring him to me, I'll lock him up," and "being that sexy is obviously illegal."

Or maybe the illegal part could be that Meeks is a repeat offender in California, currently charged with felony terrorism and weapons charges. He's also married and a father.

But none of that is rattling his admirers. One person even offered to donate money to bail him out.

Meeks was one of four men taken into custody during Operation Ceasefire, a multiagency mission to curb a recent increase in shootings and robberies in the Weston Ranch area of Stockton, a Northern California city of about 300,000 nestled amid the network of waterways that form the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

Four firearms were confiscated during a sweep involving the Stockton police gang unit, the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Task Force and other agencies.

Silva called Meeks "one of the most violent criminals in the Stockton area."

Meeks's bail was raised from $900,000 to $1 million at his arraignment, according to the Stockton P.D. Facebook page

Oh, and did we mention that Meeks has a brother who is equally photogenic! (Dailymail.co.uk)

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in News

New 'Justice League' trailer, movie poster revealed at Comic-Con
New 'Justice League' trailer, movie poster revealed at Comic-Con

Superhero fans, rejoice: A new "Justice League" trailer and movie poster have been revealed at Comic-Con in San Diego. Time reported that the trailer released Saturday "hints at the appearance of a mysterious hero," possibly Superman or a Green Lantern.  The poster, which features Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot)...
WATCH: Gal Gadot cheers up teary-eyed girl dressed as Wonder Woman at Comic-Con
WATCH: Gal Gadot cheers up teary-eyed girl dressed as Wonder Woman at Comic-Con

A young Wonder Woman fan has something to smile about after sharing a heartwarming moment with actress Gal Gadot at Comic-Con in San Diego. According to "Entertainment Tonight," a girl dressed as the superhero seemed to have tears in her eyes when she met Gadot during a "Justice League" autograph signing Saturday. Gadot immediately...
Student of the Week Shawnee High School
Student of the Week Shawnee High School

Name: Tyra Huxley School: Shawnee High School Grade: 12 Age: 17 Extra-curricular: National Honor Society, Volleyball, Prom and Homecoming Committees, Student Council, Track, Summer Internship Program - currently an intern at Yamada N.A. Claim to fame/honors: Becoming President of Shawnee’s National Honor Society Words you live by: “If you&rsquo...
TODAY’S MODERATOR: A new kind of 911

The abuse of 911 services has been much-covered, especially so-called “frequent flyers” who more or less use the calls as their primary health care. In many cities, costs are out of hand. According to The Atlantic, Memphis is trying a new approach. “Since April, the city has been engaged in an experiment to take some pressure off...
Athlete of the Week Shawnee High School
Athlete of the Week Shawnee High School

Name: Grant Engle School: Shawnee High School Grade: 12 Age: 17 Sports: Boys Golf Claim to fame/honors: 8th in the State Tournament, 3-time CBC Player of the Year Words you live by: “All of your dreams can come true, if you have the courage to pursue them.” Toughest opponent: My brother, Clark Engle Biggest influence: My mom and dad What&rsquo...
More Stories