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‘Handsome’ Convict Wins Modeling Agent After Mug Shot Goes Viral

Jeremy Meeks Booking Photo
Stockton Police Department via Getty Images Jeremy Meeks is seen in a police booking photo after his arrest on felony weapon charges on June 18, 2014, in Stockton, Calif.

Admirers of the "handsome" man may soon be seeing a lot more of their favorite felon

A California felon whose “handsome” mug shot scored compliments from across the U.S. has reportedly secured a Hollywood agent to negotiate modeling gigs.

Jeremy Meeks, 30, gained a legion of fans in mid-June after the Stockton police department posted his steely blue-eyed photo on its Facebook page, reports ABC News. The portrait has since gained more than 100,000 likes.

Gina Rodriguez, known for representing reality starlets like Tila Tequila and “Octomom” Nadya Suleman, signed Meeks and believes he has solid earning potential — even if he is currently behind bars.

“Jeremy could make somewhere between $3,000 to $100,000 per month through endorsements and modeling,” she told ABC. “We are also speaking with several production companies about following Jeremy’s foray into the entertainment industry.”

With bail set at $1.1 million for charges relating to gang crime and illegal gun possession, Meeks could certainly use the money. A GoFundMe campaign created by a woman claiming to be his mother has to date raised just over $5,000.

“He was on his way to work. With no gang affiliations as per two of the charges. He has old tattoos … which causes him to be stereotyped. He’s my son and I’m just trying to raise funds to help him in any way,” reads a plea on the campaign’s website. “Please help him to get a fair trial or else he’ll be railroaded.”


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Internet Swoons Over Convicted Felon’s Mugshot

Stockton Police Department Jeremy Meeks

That's one smooth criminal

The mugshot of a strikingly good-looking convicted felon posted on Facebook by the Stockton, California police department has gone viral, winning hearts on the Internet near and far despite the man’s criminal status.

The Stockton Police Department posted the photo and several others associated with “Operation Ceasefire,” a multi-agency crackdown launched to combat “a recent increase of shootings and robberies in the Weston Ranch area.” Jeremy Meeks, 30-years-old and a “convicted felon,” was arrested in the operation for “felony weapons charges,” the police said.

His mugshot quickly went viral, racking up more than 50,000 likes and 6,000 shares as of this writing. The citizens of the Internet were able to suspend judgment on his violent past and his teardrop tattoo—which can actually have many meanings, though none of them are very happy—and just enjoy Meeks’ photo, leaving comments like “absolutely beautiful what jail is he in lmfao” and “He’s allowed one call, right? Call me jeremy! = )”

Lest you get too lost in those icy blue eyes, know that a spokesperson for the Stockton police told the Associated Press that Meeks is “one of the most violent criminals in the Stockton area.” The same operation that nabbed him also netted some pretty serious firepower:


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