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Jussie Smollett begins a 150-day jail sentence in protected status

Jussie Smollett begins a 150-day prison sentence in protected status.

Key Takeaways:

  • According to jail officials, Jussie Smollett began a 150-day sentence in protective custody for staging a hate crime against himself.
  • In 2019, a court sentenced Smollett to 150 days in the Cook County Jail for lying to police about being the victim of a hoax hate crime.

According to jail officials, Jussie Smollett began a 150-day jail sentence for staging a hate crime against himself in protective custody. He was separated from other detainees and monitored by security cameras and an officer.

On Thursday night, sheriff’s deputies whisked Smollett away to the Cook County Jail after Judge James Linn sentenced the Black as well as a gay actor to 30 months of felony probation, beginning with a five-month jail sentence, for lying to police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack.

Smollett adamantly maintained his innocence, even implying that he could be killed in prison.

Smollett said Thursday, “Your Honor, I respect you and the jury, but I did not do this.” “I’m also not suicidal. And if anything bad happens to me while I’m in there, it’s not my fault.”

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Smollett’s sentence could put an end to more than three years of legal drama, pending appeals, after the actor reported to police that two men wearing ski masks beat him up and hurled racial and also homophobic slurs at him on a dark Chicago street before fleeing.

Smollett’s lawyers filed an emergency injunction on Friday, requesting that he be released while he appeals. According to WMAQ-TV, an appellate court judge has given prosecutors five days to respond to the emergency motion.

In Cook County Criminal Court, his attorneys also filed a notice of appeal. They announced on Thursday night that they intend to appeal the jury’s guilty verdict as well as the judge’s sentence.

Following his belief for lying to police about becoming the victim of a hoax hate crime in 2019, a court sentenced Smollett to 150 days in Cook County Jail. Smollett was also fined $25,000 and sentenced to 30 months of felony probation. He was also required to pay more than $120,000 in restitution to Chicago.

He began his sentence as soon as he learned of his fate on Thursday.

Jussie Smollett begins a 150-day prison sentence in protected status
Jussie Smollett begins a 150-day prison sentence in protected status. Image from heraldstandard.com

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement on Friday that Smollett is being held in protective custody, which is common for people “who may be at risk of harm given the nature of their charges, their professions, or their notable status.”

According to the sheriff’s office, Smollett has his cell monitored by security cameras and an officer stationed at the door who is wearing a body camera. Smollett will be allowed “substantial time” in common spaces to use the phone, watch TV, and interact with staff, but other detainees will not.

Smollett was facing up to 3 years in prison for each of the 5 felony counts of disorderly conduct he was convicted of, including the charge of lying to police. On the sixth count, he was found not guilty.

The sentence was praised by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who said it sends a message that “false claims as well as allegations” will not be tolerated.

In a statement, she said, “The city feels vindicated in today’s ruling that he is being held accountable as well as that we will receive appropriate restitution for his actions.”

Smollett’s sentence includes a $120,106 restitution payment to the city as well as a $25,000 fine.

Smollett was then found guilty by a jury in December after two brothers testified that Smollett paid them to take out the attack and give them specific instructions on what to do and say.

Smollett, who knew the guy from his work on the Chicago-based television show “Empire,” testified that he didn’t recognize them and had no idea they were the attackers.

Source: CTV News

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