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Photo on Facebook gets man 10 days

A 20-year-old Mayking man is serving 10 days in jail after he admitted to posting an incriminating photograph of himself on the social networking site Facebook.

Michael A. Baker, of 497 Great Oak Road, posted the photo showing himself siphoning gasoline from a Jenkins police cruiser on April 12. In the photo, Baker is kneeling next to a gas can beside a cruiser while his middle finger is extended on his right hand.

Baker pleaded guilty in Letcher District Court recently to a misdemeanor charge of theft by unlawful taking. Letcher District Judge Kevin R. Mullins ordered him to serve 30 days in jail, with 20 days being probated unsupervised for a year. Baker is serving the 10 days in jail on weekends.

As part of the agreement, Baker must pay $130 in court costs and $30 in arrest fees at a rate of $20 a month until paid in full.

In an interview with WYMTTV, Baker said the photograph, taken by his girlfriend, was meant to be a joke. Still, he admitted to siphoning gas from the cruiser, saying, “I got a little bit. I ain’t going to lie.”

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