Man who attacked R. Kelly in Chicago jail sentenced to life in prison for racketeering, murder

Kelly is being held on sexual misconduct charges

ByABC7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
R. Kelly's lawyers say singer's safety is in danger, asks to be released on bond
R Kelly's lawyers are asking for the R&B singer to be freed from jail, claiming the star's safety is in danger inside the Chicago correctional facility.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A member of the Latin King street gang, who recently attacked R. Kelly in jail, was sentenced to life in prison for a racketeering conviction from two murders.

Jeremiah Farmer, 39, claimed in court records that he was responsible for the August attack against R. Kelly in Chicago's downtown Metropolitan Correctional Center, adding that he did it to bring attention to alleged government corruption.

Following the attack, Farmer was moved to a separate detention facility in Michigan.

A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced Farmer to life for his role in a conspiracy that involved the 1999 murders of Marion Lowry, 74, and Harvey Siegers, 67, who were both beaten to death with a hammer at their Hammond business, Calumet Auto Rebuilders.

Lawyers for R. Kelly claim the R & B star's safety is in danger inside the Chicago facility where he's being held on sexual misconduct charges.

His lawyers point to the recent attack carried out by Farmer.

They say videotape shows Farmer roaming freely around the Metropolitan Correctional Center before beating Kelly earlier this year.

RELATED: R. Kelly attacked by fellow Chicago MCC prisoner, attorney says

Another prisoner at the Chicago Metropolitan Correctional Center attacked R. Kelly, his attorney said.

Farmer allegedly entered Kelly's cell and attacked him, leaving him with cuts and bruises, according to lawyer Steve Greenberg.

The attack caused Kelly physical and emotional harm, according to his lawyers, and they are asking for Kelly to be freed on bond.

Greenberg also called for Kelly to release on bail in August, claiming the prison system can't ensure his safety. A federal judge also previously denied a request from Kelly to be released due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Kelly, 53, is in jail at the Metropolitan Correctional Facility in Chicago and faces charges in Illinois, Minnesota and New York stemming from alleged sexual abuse of girls.

The federal charges in Chicago accuse Kelly of filming himself having sex with underage girls and of paying off potential witnesses in his 2008 trial - at which he was acquitted - to get them to change their stories.

Kelly denies abusing anyone.

In December, he pleaded not guilty via a video feed to added charges in New York that he schemed to pay for a fake ID for an unnamed female a day before he married R&B singer Aaliyah, then 15, in a secret 1994 ceremony.

The video in the player above is from a previous report.

Sun-Times Media contributed to this report.

Previous coverage:

R. Kelly cites coronavirus risk in request for release from Chicago jail

Reworked charges in Chicago cite another R. Kelly accuser in sex abuse case

R. Kelly's girlfriend charged after Trump Tower fight on singer's birthday

'Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning' premieres on Lifetime

Federal records reveal wide scope of R. Kelly racketeering investigation

R. Kelly hit with new bribery charges in NYC, prosecutors say

Judge denies bid to raise R. Kelly's bond in state case

R. Kelly trial date set on federal sex crimes charges filed in Chicago

R. Kelly facing new underage prostitution charges in Minnesota, prosecutors say

R. Kelly crisis manager stepping down

R. Kelly held without bond following Tuesday's arraignment on federal sex crime charges