Jussie Smollett begins jail sentence in protecting custody


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Jussie Smollett started a 150-day jail sentence for staging a hate crime against himself in protecting custody, separated from different detainees and watched by safety cameras and an officer, jail authorities stated Friday.

Sheriff’s deputies instantly took Smollett to the Prepare dinner County Jail Thursday evening after Decide James Linn sentenced the Black and homosexual actor to 30 months of felony probation, beginning with a five-month time period in jail, for mendacity to police that he had been the goal of a racist and homophobic assault.

Smollett loudly maintained his innocence and steered he might be killed in jail.

“Your honor, I respect you and I respect the jury, but I did not do this,” Smollett stated Thursday. “And I am not suicidal. And if anything happens to me when I go in there, I did not do it to myself.”

Actor Jussie Smollett speaks to Judge James Linn after his sentence is read at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Thursday, March 10, 2022, in Chicago. 

Actor Jussie Smollett speaks to Decide James Linn after his sentence is learn on the Leighton Felony Court docket Constructing, Thursday, March 10, 2022, in Chicago. 
(Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune through AP, Pool)


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Smollett’s sentence might put an finish — pending appeals — to greater than three years of legal drama following the actor’s report back to police that two males carrying ski masks beat him and hurled racial and homophobic slurs at him on a darkish Chicago road and ran off.

Smollett’s attorneys stated Thursday evening they plan to enchantment each the jury’s responsible verdict and the decide’s sentence.

In a press release on Friday, the Prepare dinner County Sheriff’s Workplace stated Smollett is being held in protecting custody, typical for inmates “who may potentially be at risk of harm due to the nature of their charges, their professions or their noteworthy status.”

Jussie Smollett.

Jussie Smollett.
(Prepare dinner County Sheriff’s Workplace through AP)

Smollett has his personal cell monitored by safety cameras and an officer stationed on the door and carrying a physique digital camera, the sheriff’s workplace stated. Smollett is ready to have “substantial time” in widespread areas to make use of the cellphone, watch TV and work together with employees, however different detainees will not be in widespread areas with him.

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Smollett faced up to three years in prison for every of the 5 felony counts of disorderly conduct — the cost filed for mendacity to police — for which he was convicted. He was acquitted on a sixth depend.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot praised the sentence, saying it sends a message that “false claims and allegations” wouldn’t be tolerated.

“The city feels vindicated in today’s ruling that he is being held accountable and that we will appropriately receive restitution for his actions,” she stated in a press release.

Actor Jussie Smollett appears with his attorneys at his sentencing hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Thursday, March 10, 2022, in Chicago.

Actor Jussie Smollett seems along with his attorneys at his sentencing listening to on the Leighton Felony Court docket Constructing, Thursday, March 10, 2022, in Chicago.
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Smollett’s sentence consists of an order to repay $120,106 to town and a $25,000 wonderful.

Smollett was convicted in a December jury trial, the place witnesses included two brothers who instructed jurors Smollett paid them to hold out the assault and gave particular instructions on what to do and say.

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Smollett, who knew the boys from his work on the tv present “Empire” that filmed in Chicago, testified that he did not recognize them and didn’t know they had been the boys attacking him.


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