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California ‘hot felon’ Mirella Ponce released from jail, considering modeling career

November 4, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
California ‘hot felon’ Mirella Ponce released from jail, considering modeling career

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Mirella Ponce, the female gang member from California whose mug shot went viral on Facebook said she would think about pursuing a modeling career.

Ponce was freed from jail after she accepted a plea agreement.

As soon as Ponce noticed cameras outside of jail, she covered her face as she walked out of county jail.

“I feel like it’s embarrassing,” Ponce said.

On Wednesday, Mirella Ponce pleaded guilty to a felony count of concealing a firearm while in a vehicle with her 1-year-old daughter. Three other charges against her were dismissed, one of which was a charge of child abuse.

“It wasn’t like I was going to do a drive-by or anything,” Ponce added. “It was a friend’s birthday, and we were going to celebrate. I made a mistake to carry my daughter and my gun at the same time. She wasn’t in any danger.”

Court records indicate that Ponce confessed to being a gang member.

Legal analyst David Mugridge told KRON4 that it’s not unique for a plea deal in a case like this.

“Even with the plea she got, she is facing some prison time as a result of that plea and her freedom may be short-lived,” Mugridge stated.

The post by the Fresno Police Department was shared on Facebook over 5,000 times, with many commenting on Ponce’s looks.

Ponce said that her mom had always told her to become a model.

“If God puts modeling thing in my way, I won’t turn it down,” she said. “I would be a fool not to go for it. It would be a good thing for my kids.”

However, Mugridge says the conviction could damage her plans.

“Her career as a model doesn’t look promising,” he noted.

Ponce said her priorities will be focusing on getting her life back together, getting her children back, and enrolling in cosmetology school.

At least one person posted on Facebook to offer to put up her bail following the arrest. However, no one did and Ponce said she did not expect that.

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