Convicted felon arrested for allegedly posing with firearms on internet

Each day millions of people use Facebook to share photos and videos of themselves.

Such sharing got convicted felon Benjamin Lamont Thompson into trouble after he posted numerous images of himself holding rifles and a handgun, according to Chief County Detective William Weber.

Convicted felons are prohibited from possessing and owning firearms.

“Firing this rifle from a standing position is a rite to passage for a sniper,” the 36-year-old city man says in one such video that shows him handling the weapon, Weber said in an affidavit.

An investigation got underway recently after Weber received a tip that Thompson, of 1504 W. Fourth St., had purchased firearms between February 2013 and last March, court records state.

The investigator also received a list of websites that showed videos and photos of Thompson with firearms.

“I love this. It might have cost a small fortune, but it’s worth every penny of it. Nothing is the world feels like this,” Thompson, convicted of burglary in 1999, said in one website posting as he is holding a firearm, Weber said.

Arraigned last week before District Judge James Carn on charges of convicted felon not to possess a firearm and making unsworn falsification, Thompson was released on $25,000 bail.