R. Kelly, an R&B star who was born in Chicago and was detained for more than a year in Brooklyn, was transferred back to the federal penitentiary in the Loop on Wednesday in preparation for his second criminal trial, which is scheduled to begin the next month.
According to the records, Kelly, who is 55 years old, was transferred on Tuesday from Brooklyn to the Metropolitan Correctional Center on West Van Buren Street. This is the same facility where he was housed for the first time more than three years ago following his arrest on separate federal indictments filed in Chicago and New York.
After being found guilty of racketeering in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn just two weeks ago, Kelly was given a sentence of thirty years in prison for his crime. He is appealing not only the verdict of the jury but also the sentence that the court handed him.
Now, Kelly faces yet another legal obstacle as jury selection is set to begin on August 15 at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse, where he is accused of conspiring with two former associates to rig his 2008 child pornography case in Cook County and hide years of alleged sexual abuse of underage girls. This case is being heard at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse, where Kelly is accused of being accused of conspiring with two former associates to rig his 2008 child pornography case
There are four other sexual abuse allegations against Kelly that were brought indictments in Cook County in February 2019, but these trials have not yet been scheduled.
In the meantime, Kelly’s incarceration has been a trying experience for her, both in Chicago and in New York. In the early days of his stint at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago, his supporters would stage demonstrations in front of the downtown jail. According to reports, this prompted corrections officers to place the building on lockdown.
According to the papers, a fellow inmate named Jeremiah Shane Farmer sneaked into Kelly’s cell in August of 2020 and beat him many times in the head. Farmer was angered by the fact that the prison was locked down. Farmer stopped only after a security officer pepper-sprayed him.
Farmer, a member of the Latin King gang who was given a life sentence for his part in a double homicide in 1999, later stated in a handwritten court filing that he attacked Kelly “due to the most blatant corruption in Farmer’s case and being (on) lockdown for Robert Kelly protest.” Farmer was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the killings.
According to Kelly’s attorneys, he sustained a severe concussion that caused him to suffer from headaches and agony for several months following the incident.
According to his legal representatives, Kelly was given a diagnosis of COVID-19 while he was being imprisoned in New York. After he was sentenced, he was also placed on suicide watch, which his attorney, Jennifer Bonjean, argued was more of a punitive measure than a genuine concern for his mental health. He was placed on suicide watch after his sentencing.
According to the papers from the court, the suicide watch was terminated a few days later.