HAMMOND, Ind. –A convicted gang member who said he beat jailed R&B singer R. Kelly in a Chicago cell in August was sentenced to life in prison on a racketeering conviction involving two murders in 1999.
A federal judge in Hammond, Indiana, on Tuesday convicted Jeremiah Farmer, 39, in a hearing in which Farmer represented himself and was combative, sometimes raising his voice and frequently interrupting the judge.
Farmer, a member of a Latin Kings street gang, had been sentenced to life imprisonment after his conviction last year for conspiring to carry out racketeering in a drug-related case involving the murders of Marion Lowry, 74, and Harvey Siegers, 67.
Lowry and Siegers were beaten to death in June 1999 with a hammer at their Hammond company, Calumet Auto Rebuilders – a company where an indictment stated that employees “had repeatedly had conflicts with members of the Latin Kings. The Chicago Tribune reported.
Farmer made headlines by claiming in court records that he attacked Kelly on August 26 at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Chicago – a federal detention center – because he wanted to shed light on the acts reprehensible actions of the government in its own criminal case.
A farmer was able to escape from an employee at the center, enter a cell and repeatedly hit Kelly on the head, according to a report from the US Bureau of Prisons. A security guard used pepper spray to stop the attack.
Kelly, 53, faces several dozen state and federal sexual misconduct charges in Illinois, Minnesota and New York, ranging from sexual assault to directing a racketeering scheme aimed at provide him with girls.
The Grammy Award-winning singer has denied ever abusing anyone.
This story has been updated to correct the first reference to the street gang at the Latin Kings, not the Latin King.