The wife of America's most photogenic convict is not impressed with all the attention Jeremy Meeks' has received online. Meeks became an overnight sensation when his mugshot was posted on the Stockton police department's Facebook page on June 18. Meeks' chiseled runway model looks and piercing blue eyes were too much for some women to resist.
Meeks' wife, who is caring for the couple's 2 sons, is not at all impressed with the attention.
"She's furious," Meeks' friend Simone Johnson told CBS 13 at his arraignment on Friday.
"Her man is in there and people are taking it as a joke, thinking it’s funny talking about his looks, saying all kinds of crazy things."
Meeks, 30, was arrested along with 4 others as part of Operation Ceasefire, a multiagency gun sting to curb the rash of gun violence and robberies in the Weston Ranch area of Stockton, CA.
Meeks told ABC News 10 that he is not "some kingpin."
"I appreciate (the attention), but I just want them to know that this really is not me," Meeks said.
His younger brother Bryan Varela said Meeks is a changed man who only wants to get out of jail and focus on his family.
"He's a man who learns from his mistakes," Varela told CBS 13. “With his past history, he got out of being incarcerated and put his mind on focus to his family and started doing what he had to do. Living the dream that he always wanted.”
But Varela's assessment of his brother conflicts with his violent criminal past. Four weapons (including an assault rifle) were confiscated during Meek's arrest.
Mayor Anthony Silva called Meeks "one of the most violent criminals in the Stockton area."
Meeks' mom set up a Gofundme.com page to help raise money for his bond. But the $2,625.00 raised so far is significantly less than she had hoped for.
Meeks' bail was increased from $900,000 to $1 million on Friday.
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