A selfie posted to Facebook with a Springfield XD handgun has landed a Tennessee man in prison for 15 years.
According to a press release from the Department of Justice:
Malik First Born Allah Farrad, also known as Marvin Maurice Buckles, 41, of Johnson City, Tenn., was sentenced on Jan. 14, 2016, by the Honorable Thomas A. Varlan, Chief U.S. District Court Judge, to serve 188 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. There is no parole in the federal system.
In the fall of 2013, officers with the Johnson City Police Department began an investigation into suspected criminal conduct by Farrad. In so doing, law enforcement examined his use of social media, specifically Facebook. Upon review, investigators found that in October 2013 Farrad uploaded a photograph of three handguns placed atop the toilet seat in his bathroom. Having previously sustained numerous felony convictions for drug, gun, and violent offenses, it was illegal for him to be in possession of such weapons.
Subsequently, investigators, working in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), obtained a search warrant for the entirety of Farrad’s Facebook account. Once executed, law enforcement discovered a variety of photographs showing him holding, posing with, and displaying a Springfield, Model XD, .45 caliber, semiautomatic pistol. The pictures were taken from inside Farrad’s bathroom and were uploaded in quick succession in October 2013.
At trial, exhaustive testimony described the distinguishing characteristics of the firearm seen in the seized Facebook photos. Those features both confirmed the identity of the firearm and dispelled any possibility of it being a toy, fake, replica, or imitation. Consequently, following a two-day jury trial, Farrad was found guilty as charged.
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