Inmate shoots selfies in prison van using smuggled cellphone, posts pictures on Facebook
Even in prison, where cellphones are highly prized contraband, the selfie fad is alive and well. At Western Regional Jail in West Virginia, an inmate by the name of Shane Holbrook is being held on charges of robbery and malicious wounding. He faces whatever penalties inmates at the facility receive for smuggling in contraband after he snapped selfies while inside a prison van, and posted them on Facebook.
The selfies were snapped as Holbrook and other inmates were being transported back to jail following a trip to the courthouse. During his court appearance, Hollbrook requested that his case be dismissed. The judge rejected his plea. Holbrook told a television reporter that after having his dismissal plea rejected, he really didn't care that what he was doing violated a number of rules.
The inmate added that he posted the pictures on Facebook to allay the fears of some of his relatives who were concerned about him. When asked what kind of device he used to take the photos, he admitted that "there might have been a cell phone involved." All Hollbrook would say about the phone was that he had found it. Somehow the phone went undetected during the mandatory pat down that was required to have been conducted on Hollbrook and the other inmates before boarding they boarded the van.
Officials are investigating the matter. The handset was confiscated before Hollbrook was returned to his, ahem, cell.
source: komonews via Telegraph.co.uk