Photos: The last 'hot felon' pics you'll see in a while & why

Photos: The last 'hot felon' pics you'll see in a while & why

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STOCKTON, CA - JULY 08: Jeremy Meeks, right, makes a court appearance with his attorney Tai Bogan July 8, 2014 in Stockton, California. During his brief appearance the state agreed to let federal prosecutors take over Meeks' case. Meeks was arrested on felony weapon charges June 18 as part of a Stockton police gang sweep. His booking photo was posted to the Stockton police Facebook page and has garnered media attention and secured him a Hollywood agent due to his model-like features. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)

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by KREM.com

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Posted on July 9, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 9 at 10:27 AM

STOCKTON, Cal.—A convicted felon, who gained national attention after his mugshot went viral, made a brief court appearance on Tuesday.

Photos: 'Hot felon' in court

The Stockton gang suspect, Jeremy Meeks, who became widely talked about because of his mug shot is now in federal custody. Meeks faces a federal gun charge, meaning there will be no more pictures of him in custody.

Meeks was arrested during a Stockton police gang sweep several weeks ago. He would have been just another inmate had it not been for his mug shot which generated national buzz, generally among women admiring his looks.

Though Meeks faced about a dozen state charges, the Federal Government is now charging him with a single violation; felon in possession of a firearm. That one charge could lead to a prison term of 10 years and a fine of $250,000. San Joaquin County District Attorney spokesman Robert Himelblau said federal gun charges lead to longer prison sentences.

In court Tuesday, Meeks was told state charges against him had been dropped in favor of the federal charge. In the federal legal system, pictures and video are not permitted.

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