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Here's The Photo That Earned An Ex-Con Another 15 Years In Prison

A Tennessee man will spend 15 years in federal prison after posting photos of himself mean-mugging the camera with a .45-caliber handgun.

Malik First Born Allah Farrad, 41, already had two felony weapons convictions and was prohibited from owning guns when he posted the selfie -- and other photos showing his gun collection -- to Facebook in October 2013, the Knoxville News-Sentinel reported.

The Johnson City Police Department was investigating Farrad, also known as Marvin Maurice Buckles, when detectives pulled up his Facebook page. That's when they found an initial photo, available publicly, showing three handguns placed on the toilet seat in Farrad's bathroom, the FBI said.

Detectives, working with federal investigators, got a search warrant to gain access to Farrad's entire account -- including images he hadn't shared publicly -- revealing "a variety of photographs showing him holding, posing with, and displaying a Springfield, Model XD, .45 caliber, semiautomatic pistol," the FBI wrote in a media release in July of 2015 after the Tennessee man's conviction.

On Jan. 14, Chief U.S. District Judge Tom Varlan sentenced Farrad to 188 months -- more than 15 years -- in federal prison for possessing firearms as a felon, reports the Knoxville News-Sentinel.

Before handing down the sentence, Varlan noted Farrad has a long history of convictions dating back to when he was 14 years old, including the two felony gun convictions. Farrad was still under parole supervision for one of those gun convictions when he posted his gun selfies to Facebook, the Knoxville News-Sentinel said.

During Farrad's trial, a Johnson City police officer took the stand to testify that the weapon Farrad posed with was a real Springfield .45 caliber pistol, and "dispelled any possibility of it being a toy, fake, replica or imitation," the FBI said.

"There is so such a thing as oversharing," tech blog Engadget quipped in a post about Farrad's conviction and sentencing.

Noting Farrad will have to serve the entirety of his 15 year sentence, because the federal system does not allow early parole, an Engadget writer commented: "And that's why you should never post anything on the internet. Like, ever."

Sources: FBI, Knoxville News-Sentinel, Engadget / Photo credit: Facebook via Knoxville News-Sentinel

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