Former “Empire” actor (well, former actor, really) Jussie Smollett, could do as much as six decades in the big house.
A Cook County grand jury has returned a 16-count indictment against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, according to court records.
The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office confirmed the indictment, which they said was returned by a grand jury on Thursday.
CBS News reports that each count could come with four years…
The grand jury returned the indictment on Thursday, CBS Chicago reported. Each one of the charges carries a maximum count of four years in prison, meaning he could face 64 years in total.
The 36-year-old actor, who is black and openly gay, plays Jamal Lyon on Fox’s hit TV show, “Empire,” a drama that chronicles a family-run record label. He told police he was attacked by two masked men when he was returning home from a Subway sandwich store Jan. 29 around 2 a.m.
Will Smollett actually serve hard time?
And for how long, exactly?
The new counts likely will not have much effect on Smollett’s ultimate sentence, should he be convicted, said Andrew Weisberg, a former Cook County prosecutor now in private practice. The charges would run concurrently, so the sentencing range would still be one to three years in prison. However, most defendants in Smollett’s situation are sentenced to probation.
In exchange for no jail time, make Smollett do a PSA admitting he’s a dipshit
Jussie Smollett was indicted on 16 felony counts related to his hoax attack…
I’m starting to think he’s not gonna get that raise he wanted.
Smollett was arrested by the Chicago Police Department and charged with a felony for a reason.
Don’t tell that to MSNBC, though.
They allowed a man to go on air and spew a conspiracy theory that Smollett was framed by cops who support President Donald Trump.
MSNBC finally got around to covering the scandal surrounding “Empire” star Jussie Smollett and allowed a guest to float a theory that Trump-supporting cops are lying about the case.
Zach Stafford, the editor-in-chief of LGBTQ magazine The Advocate, joined MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt and Al Sharpton on Thursday to discuss Smollett – who faces up to three years in prison.
“It was incredibly shocking on day one to see the police department call it a racist and homophobic attack,” Stafford said. “As someone that has been investigating these for years in Chicago, that was really unprecedented… people in the background were worried they were leaning into this victim part of the story because they didn’t believe him and they wanted to use it against him at the end, when they were able to prove that he was lying.”