Initially, few details emerged about the assault Kelly sustained when the first reports about his beating became public. MCC officials confirmed that Kelly’s placement in protective custody was a procedural move, which is undertaken when high-profile inmates become involved in disputes and fear for their lives.
Now it’s being reported that Kelly’s assailant has been identified as 39-year-old Jeremiah Farmer, a member of the Latin Kings, a notoriously violent street gang. Last year, Farmer was convicted on racketeering charges, which was initially an indictment that outlined a horrific double-murder conspiracy prosecutors linked him to. The case evolved in 1999 after the bloodied bodies of two men were found dead inside their automobile business.
The Chicago Sun-Times newspaper reported that Farmer filed a six-page document with the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In the document, Farmer justified why he attacked Kelly.
“[I assaulted Kelly with the] hopes of getting spotlight attention and the world news’ notice to shed light on [corruption committed by the U.S. government],” he wrote in his filing.
Kelly is currently in federal custody at MCC awaiting trial on multiple crimes, including aggravated sexual assault and racketeering charges. However, the Grammy Award-winning musician has been serving time in a segregation unit after he was battered by another MCC inmate following a jailhouse altercation between the two men.