10/03/2016 3:05 PM AEDT | Updated 15/07/2016 12:51 PM AEST

Jeremy Meeks, That ‘Hot Convict', Is A Free Man


The United States inmate who became an internet sensation thanks to his “sexy mugshot” is a free man.

In 2015, Jeremy Meeks was sentenced to 27 months in prison for weapon charges but on Wednesday received an early release, his agent confirmed to ABC News.

Yes, an agent. It seems the husband and father is capitalising on his newfound fame -- and making use of those piercing blue eyes and razor-cut jaw -- by swapping crime for the catwalk.

Meeks began plotting his modelling career while in prison, by getting himself an agent and signing with White Cross Management.

The Californian posted to Instagram on Thursday, hinting at his foray into modelling and thanking his family for support.

He wrote" “I want to thank my family and everybody for all your love, support and prayers. I'm overwhelmed and grateful for what lies ahead. I'm ready.”