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The 'Hot Felon' Plots His Modeling Career From Behind Bars

In a new interview, Jeremy Meeks is convinced that his internet fame will outlast his prison sentence.

Back in December, we investigated what Jeremy Meeks -- the so-called Hot Felon / Hot Mugshot Guy -- had been doing since his arrest for gun charges. His modeling contract turned out to be a rumor, and he'd hired a self-described "D-List" manager as he awaited sentencing.

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Back in January, Meeks was sentenced to 27 months in prison after pleading guilty to one count of illegal firearm possession. But he recently spoke to ABC News, and claims he's still serious about pursuing a modeling career after his stint behind bars ... and he's even dumped his D-lister for a new management company that apparently represents Abercrombie & Fitch and Vogue models.

"I’m in a place where I will be able to provide for my family and really change my life," he told ABC News from a Nevada prison. “I never thought that everyone in the world would recognize me for my looks, so I feel extremely blessed and very thankful."

You may be thinking that two years is an eternity in internet meme time, but Meeks is optimistic that he'll be released as early as November for time served and good behavior ... and, he claims, the fans are still hungry.

"I've got a lot of support my family, my friends and from my fans," he said. "I get hundreds and hundreds of letters every month. I’m very thankful for all the support I've been getting."

All that support helps him keep his eyes on the prize -- so he's been sure to take care of his body from the slammer.

"I eat healthy. I do a lot of push-ups, pull-ups, dips, burpees and I stay very active," he said, adding that he'd even like to get into acting: "I wish I could be on a show like 'Sons of Anarchy.'"

Maybe he should've just argued that the gun charge was part of his method preparation for a role?