- Jussie Smollett is scheduled to return to court on Thursday to find out if he will be sentenced to prison for lying to police about a racist and homophobic attack.
Jussie Smollett, the actor, is due back in court on Thursday to learn whether a judge will sentence him to prison for lying to police about a racist and homophobic attack that he orchestrated himself or will let him go free.
Smollett, who is predicted to maintain his denial of his role in the staged attack in January 2019, faces 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.
Experts do not expect Smollett to be sentenced to prison because he does not have a lengthy criminal history, and also, the conviction is for a low-level, nonviolent crime. The actor could be sentenced to up to a year in county jail or placed on probation and required to perform community service, depending on the judge’s decision.
The lead attorney for Smollett has stated that he will ask the judge to dismiss the charges. Judges, on the other hand, rarely grant such motions. That means this could be the concluding chapter in a criminal case that created international headlines when Smollett, a Black as well as an openly gay man, reported to police that 2 men wearing ski masks beat him up and hurled racial as well as homophobic slurs at him before fleeing on a dark Chicago street.
Smollett was found guilty in December after two brothers testified that Smollett compensated them to carry out the attack, offered them money for the ski masks and rope, told them how to make the rope into a noose, and afterward told them exactly what to shout when they brought out the fake attack.
Smollett, who knew the men from his task on the Chicago-based television show “Empire,” testified that he didn’t recognize them and didn’t realize they were the attackers.
Smollett will have an opportunity to speak with the judge, and he may repeat some of the claims he made to jurors during the trial about how he was simply a victim of a violent crime.
As he told jurors regarding his extensive history of volunteering as well as donating to charitable causes, Smollett could tell the judge. He could also argue that the fact that his career has been ruined due to the case is enough punishment to keep him out of jail.
Source: Global News