An ex-convict posted a picture of himself on social media that would land him back behind bars only 12 days into his release from prison.
Denzel Biggs, 20, of Detroit, was prohibited from ever carrying a firearm again over a felony gun conviction, federal court documents show. Biggs had been arrested on Aug. 20, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court.
Biggs had been crossing the street with a man who records say appeared to have a bulge in his waistband, which turned out to be a semiautomatic pistol. Officers arrested the two men, as Biggs was wanted on an outstanding felony warrant for possession of a stolen vehicle. The other man was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon.
While the two were in jail, records show that Biggs made a phone call to a woman and admitted that his friend “got caught with my gun.”
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A criminal history check shows that Biggs had also been convicted of five prior firearm-related felonies in Wayne County since 2012, including one in 2012 over a concealed weapon and another in 2013 for felony firearm.
After spending two years in state prison, Biggs was released on July 9. But 12 days later, he posted a photo of himself on Facebook where he can be seen pointing two handguns at the camera.
Two weeks later, Biggs took to his Facebook again, changing his profile picture to another of him holding two guns, this time while sitting on the couch.
Based on the photographs and the conversation Biggs had on the jail’s phone, the FBI says that there is probable cause that Biggs committed the crime of felon in possession. Special Agent Vincent J. Ruiz wrote the criminal complaint against Biggs when he was arrested, allegedly with his gun in his friend’s possession. His friend's alias is “Weezo,” but his real name is Darrius Oden, reported the Detroit Free Press.
Biggs is now back behind bars. New charges stem from the admission on the jail’s phone. He is being charged with illegal firearm possession, a charge that carries a sentence of as many as 10 years of imprisonment, reported MLive.
A federal judge decided on Sept. 17 that Biggs would pose a “significant risk” of endangering the public if released while he awaits trial. His bond was likewise denied.