Jussie Smollett will spend time in prison for putting together this plan.
Jussie Smollett has been sentenced to 150 in prison for putting together a fake hate-crime attack on himself in Chicago back in January 2019. This closes the book on a long investigation and storyline surrounding the actor. Smollett was convicted of lying to police after having the Osundairo brothers attack him on the night of the incident.
Smollett will also have to pay over $120,000 in restitution to Chicago and was fined $25,000. He will receive 30 months of felony probation. Smollett will begin his sentence immediately after the judge made his decision on Thursday.
Judge James Linn decided to sentence Smollett based on the “extreme premeditation” of the event.
“YOU TURNED YOUR LIFE UPSIDE DOWN. YOU DESTROYED YOUR LIFE AS YOU KNOW IT. THERE IS NOTHING I CAN DO TO YOU TODAY THAT WILL COME CLOSE TO THE DAMAGE YOU’VE DONE TO YOUR OWN LIFE.”
In December, Abimbola Osundairo testified that Jussie Smollett organized this fake attack. He said that he paid him and his brother for their part. Also, that it could help the aspiring actor’s career. Osundairo and his brother, Olabinjo, are fitness trainers that have had a relationship with Smollett. Both brothers received $3,500 each for their work.
Before sentencing, Linn received a motion from the defense to overturn the jury’s decision on legal grounds. This was denied as Linn believed that Smollett received a fair trial. He believed the crime committed by Smollett was one to bring more fame and attention to his name. Linn said it was a move that “craved attention.”
After being found guilty, Jussie Smollett’s attorney Nenye Uche preached his innocence and said that there will be an appeal of the conviction.
“UNFORTUNATELY WE WERE FACING AN UPHILL BATTLE WHERE JUSSIE WAS ALREADY TRIED AND CONVICTED IN THE MEDIA AND THEN WE HAD TO SOMEHOW GET THE JURY TO FORGET OR UNSEE ALL THE NEWS STORIES THAT THEY HAD BEEN HEARING THAT WERE NEGATIVE FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS.”
On the other hand, the attorney for the Osundairo brothers claimed that her clients “could not be more thrilled and pleased with the results.”
Jussie Smollett has been sentenced but this is a storyline that might have some more headlines added moving forward. We will keep an eye on if there is any further course of action by Smollett and his attorney.