Doing time for the ‘gram: 3-time felon goes back to prison after parole agents allegedly see him posing with guns on Instagram

CHICAGO — Maybe Joshua Cavin should stay away from cameras when he’s playing with guns. On parole for possessing a firearm while filming a rap video in Chicago, Cavin was recently arrested after Illinois Department of Corrections agents allegedly saw him handling firearms on Instagram.

Cavin, 27, was once sent to prison for another questionable decision: robbing a man outside of a Chicago police station.

In October last year, Chicago cops responded to calls of men brandishing guns while recording a rap video on a South Side street. The group broke up as the police arrived, with several of the men gripping their waistbands as they fled.

Cavin, prosecutors said, was one of those men. He tossed a loaded gun next to a minivan as he ran away, but police caught him and seized the firearm.

Prosecutors charged him with Class X armed habitual criminal, but he pleaded that down to a low-level gun charge with a one-year prison sentence in August. He went to Stateville prison the next day and walked out on parole hours later.

For someone who previously served five years for being a felon in possession of a firearm, that’s a fairly sweet deal. But the good times would not last.

Joshua Cavin | IDOC; Instagram

State agents and Chicago police officers went to Cavin’s home on December 6 after an IDOC officer allegedly saw pictures of Cavin posing with firearms on a publicly available Instagram page.

“Am I going back to prison?” Cavin asked as he exited his bedroom to greet the IDOC agents.

The agents allegedly found a 9-millimeter handgun inside the toilet tank of a bathroom adjacent to his bedroom. Prosecutors said they also located a matching gun box on his bedroom shelf. Officials said the gun was the same one he posed with on Instagram.

Cavin is scheduled to be released on February 9.

When he gets out, he’ll be facing a new armed habitual criminal charge for the Instagram allegations.

Cavin’s first trip to prison was a three-year sentence he received for robbing a man outside the Town Hall (19th) District police station in Lakeview in January 2016.

Cavin seized a few minutes in the spotlight while in Cook County jail awaiting trial for his first armed habitual criminal case. The Associated Press featured him in a widely distributed story about inmates taking advantage of their newly granted right to vote from jail.

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