A convicted felon from Boston has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after he posted a photo of himself on Twitter holding up two guns at a firing range with the message, “Yes, I’m really bout that action,” reports Huffington Post.
Unbeknownst to him, one of his followers was a Boston police officer, who alerted federal authorities to the fact that a man who had a felony on his record was shooting guns – a no-no, according to the law. The young man also reportedly signed an agreement at the Salisbury shooting range that stated that convicted felons were prohibited from using guns, said Assistant U.S. Attorney John Wortmann Jr.
Kwmaine Davis, who reportedly admitted he is a member of Boston's violent H-bloc gang, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a gun. The 23-year-old has already been convicted once for illegal possession of a firearm and he was the victim of two shootings. After police confronted him about his Twitter photos, he reportedly told them he had been causing trouble since he was 13, but wanted to turn his life around and would agree to plead guilty in exchange for a plea deal.
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U.S. District Judge Denise Casper reportedly agreed to sentence Davis to 18 months as long as he agreed to attend counseling sessions, return to school and find employment after his release.
“At the end of the day, it’s up to you, and I wish you good luck,” Casper told Davis.
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Davis’ attorney, Joshua Hanye, says the young man’s behavior at the shooting range is not indicative of future criminal behavior. “Since his arrest, he’s done everything he can to show he wants to make a change,” Hanye said.