Felon Caught by YouTube Video

6:41 AM, Mar 5, 2009   |    comments
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ALEXANDRIA, VA (AP) -- An Arlington man has pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm after he posted a video of himself posing with a gun on YouTube.com.

Prosecutors say 37-year-old Benjamin Hornstein admitted in U.S. District Court in Alexandria on Tuesday that he filmed the video in his bedroom.

Arlington County police were tipped off in January and found the pistol seen in the video in a search of his home. Since the gun was manufactured outside Virginia, the incident became a federal crime.

Felons cannot possess weapons and Hornstein was convicted of grand larceny and burglary in 1994.

Hornstein faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine at sentencing May 15.

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