Man who posted picture of himself on Facebook with a gun sentenced

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A convicted felon who posted pictures of himself with a gun on social media will spend the next 15 years in prison after a judgement from the U.S. District Court in Knoxville Thursday.

Marvin Maurice Buckles, 41, also known as Malik First Born Allah Farrad, was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The Johnson City, Tenn. Police Department began investigating Farrad for criminal activity in the fall of 2013, including a review of his Facebook account. Working with the FBI, investigators obtained a search warrant for Farard's account, and found several pictures of him posing with a .45 caliber semiautomatic pistol in his bathroom.

During trial, investigators described the characteristics of the firearm to prove it wasn't a toy, fake, replica or imitation.

After a jury returned a guilty verdict, Chief U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Varlan sentenced Farrad to 188 months in prison. There is no parole in the federal system.