'Hot felon' Jeremy Meeks indicted on federal gun charge

Not hot! Jeremy Meeks, known across the Internet for his viral mugshot, is facing a federal gun charge.

On Thursday, a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Meeks, 30, with being a felon in possession of a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol.

Meeks was arrested June 18 on a gun charge in Stockton, Calif. Meeks told KXTV he was a gang member and that he had a gun in the trunk of his car when arrested. He has a felony grand theft conviction from 2002.

San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office spokesperson Robert Himelblau said when a suspect ends up being charged by both the state and the federal government, the DA's office will often step aside because the feds have the "bigger hammer," meaning the suspect could likely serve more time if convicted. He could face up to 10 years in prison, according to the indictment.

Himelblau also said Meeks could be moved to Sacramento, Calif., for federal court appearances and prosecution. But, that decision will not be made until next week.

Currently, Meeks is being held in San Joaquin County Jail on $1.1 million bail.


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