Man behind anti-police YouTube.com videos pleads guilty to possessing stun gun
Madison Tristan Mealing, 39, also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of using a computer to commit a crime and malicious annoyance by writing, Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department spokesman Derrick Jackson said.
Deputies had been monitoring Mealing's YouTube.com accounts since May of 2010 when he posted videos praising the fatal shooting of a Detroit police officer and the shooting of a Washtenaw County sheriff's deputy.
After he showed a handgun on a video, deputies launched an investigation because he's a convicted felon and is prohibited from possessing a firearm. Investigators executed search warrants at his Ypsilanti Township home and a relative's Superior Township home on Nov. 23, 2010, court records show.
During the search of the relative's home, deputies seized a stun gun that belonged to Mealing. Mealing has previously been convicted of assault with a dangerous weapon and possessing child sexually abusive material.
He faces a maximum of four years in prison when he is sentenced April 12.
Sat, Mar 10, 2012 : 3:51 p.m.
Has it been only 22 months since Mealing posted his cop-hating video on YouTube? ONLY 22 months? There are other similar videos posted on YouTube - and they STAY up on YouTube. Yet those videos are about as provocative as can be toward law enforcement, often claiming A LACK of restraint on the part of law enforcement officers. Hah! Puzzling though: Mealing showed a handgun on a video. So, it's a felony for a felon to "possess" a handgun, eh? Doesn't having a handgun IN HAND equal possession anymore?
Sun, Mar 11, 2012 : 10:27 p.m.
He could probably say that it is a realistic "airsoft" toy version of a gun.
Sat, Mar 10, 2012 : 2:30 p.m.
Ha ha...looks like karma took a bite out of crime!!
Sat, Mar 10, 2012 : 10:47 a.m.
I'm sure he's just being harassed by the police. I'm sure he's a good boy. He probably never hurt no one. He's a victim. He's misunderstood. Did I just about cover all the excuses? Loser.
Sun, Mar 11, 2012 : 5:56 p.m.
He's younger than my kid...and seems to have a propensity and conviction for sexually abusive child porno...maybe he is emtionally retarded...hence making him a boy...I'm just trying to help all the bleeding hearts out there that feel crime is an illness...
Sat, Mar 10, 2012 : 8:59 p.m.
Sat, Mar 10, 2012 : 12:23 a.m.
He sounds like a very angry young man but I doubt 4 years in jail will change that. He sounds like someone who needs treatment of some kind or we will be hearing about him again.
Sun, Mar 11, 2012 : 5:52 p.m.
He's not that young and convicted of some serious crimes...what makes you think "treatment" would make any difference? He spent time incarcerated and didn't find rehabilitation or seek a crime free future as his choice.
Sun, Mar 11, 2012 : 12:08 a.m.
Young man? He's 39 years old!
Sat, Mar 10, 2012 : 7:20 p.m.
Finally an intelligent reply!
Fri, Mar 9, 2012 : 10:17 p.m.
Excellent job by the deputies.
Fri, Mar 9, 2012 : 8:49 p.m.
Throws lots of books at him! Maybe a couple chairs. Then prosecute him.
Fri, Mar 9, 2012 : 8:36 p.m.
Throw the book at him!