Felon Jeremy Meeks Speaks Out About His Mugshot That Went Viral [Details]
Rucuss staffJune 21, 2014
California native Jeremy Meeks went the jail at the right time.
The convicted felony didn’t want to be behind bars, but he was able to get his 15 minutes of fame because of it. The Stockton Police Department released a mugshot of Meeks on Facebook on Thursday, and the world went bonkers over it.
Thanks to the hashtag,#FelonCrushFriday, Meeks’ photo went viral. It’s been shared more than 2,400 times, and garnered over 30,000 likes in a day.
In the photo, the 30-year old and accused weapons offender, stares directly into the camera. His blue eyes and high cheek bones melted plenty of women’s hearts.
Meeks was reportedly found with a gun. Meeks shared his thoughts on his notiriety with Stockton news station KXTV on Friday. He said his wife was the one that alerted him about his mugshot.
“I just visited my wife and she said that I blew up all over Faceboo,” Jeremy Meeks. “[…]I appreciate that but I just want them to know that this is really not me. I’m not some kingpin.”
Meeks was arrested on felony weapons charges during a gang raid and is currently being held on $900,000 bail. He also spent nine years in prison for grand theft auto.
His mother, Katherine Angier, has launched a Go Fund Me campaign to raise money for his legal costs. In her description of the campaign, she says “he was on his way to work” when he was arrested and “has old tattoos that causes him to be stereotyped.” She added that he isn’t gang affiliated, and she hopes to get him a “fair trial.” As of Friday afternoon, the effort had raised only $398 toward its $25,000 goal.
Watch a clip of his interview below.
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