‘Hot mugshot guy’ Jeremy Meeks got some bad news in court today. (But there are photos!)

Jeremy Meeks at the beginning of his brief court appearance. (Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)

Making his first appearance in front of the cameras since his mugshot went viral, convicted felon Jeremy Meeks wore a bright orange jumpsuit, handcuffs and a stone-serious expression.

Meeks, who was arrested last month during a gang sweep in Stockton, Calif., faced multiple felony weapons charges. But during a brief court appearance in Stockton on Tuesday, the state agreed to turn the case — and Meeks — over to federal prosecutors, according to Sacramento’s KXTV. He is now in federal custody, the station reported, facing a single charge: “Felon in possession of a firearm.”

That one charge could lead to a prison term of 10 years and a fine of $250,000. San Joaquin County District Attorney spokesman Robert Himelblau said federal gun charges lead to longer prison sentences.

Importantly, KXTV added: “In the federal legal system, pictures and video are not permitted.”

The felon’s mugshot became a cultural sensation upon being posted to the Stockton Police Department’s Facebook page last month: It went viral, launching a “hot mugshot guy”/”hot felon” meme and a thousand think pieces. Reportedly, it also helped Meeks (who may or may not have “model good looks”) land two Hollywood agents.

Here are the latest entries to his portfolio:

Jeremy Meeks, seated behind attorney Tai Bogan, looks at family members during his court appearance. (Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)

More Jeremy Meeks. (Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)

This may be the last time you’ll see Jeremy Meeks for a while. The image shows bailiffs leading him away from court. (Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)

The mugshot that launched a kajillion clicks. (Stockton Police Department via Reuters.)
J. Freedom du Lac is the editor of The Post's general assignment news desk. He was previously a Local enterprise reporter and, before that, the paper’s pop music critic.
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