Jailed Latin King says he at­tacked R. Kelly to ex­pose govern­ment cor­rup­tion

Chicago Sun-Times - - FRONT PAGE - JON SEIDEL RE­PORTS,

A Latin King street gang mem­ber con­victed of a rack­e­teer­ing con­spir­acy in­volv­ing two 1999 Northwest In­di­ana mur­ders claimed in court records this week to be the de­tainee who as­saulted R&B singer R. Kelly in Chicago’s fed­eral jail last month.

Jeremiah Shane Farmer, 39, wrote that “the govern­ment made me at­tack” R. Kelly and that he did so “in hopes of get­ting spot­light at­ten­tion and world news no­tice to shed light on” al­leged govern­ment cor­rup­tion.

Farmer’s writ­ings ap­pear in a six-page doc­u­ment filed Tues­day with the 7th U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals. Records show Farmer is rep­re­sent­ing him­self and is still de­tained at the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Correction­al Cen­ter, where Kelly is also be­ing held. Lawyers who re­cently rep­re­sented Farmer did not re­spond to mes­sages seek­ing com­ment.

Steve Green­berg, one of Kelly’s de­fense lawyers, con­firmed to the Chicago Sun­Times that Farmer is the de­tainee al­leged to have at­tacked Kelly. A spokesman for the U.S. at­tor­ney’s of­fice in Ham­mond, In­di­ana, de­clined to com­ment.

Kelly has been locked up for more than a year while await­ing trial on child pornog­ra­phy and ob­struc­tion of jus­tice charges in Chicago, as well as a rack­e­teer­ing in­dict­ment in Brook­lyn. His lawyers have tried for months to get him out of jail, and Green­berg wrote in a court fil­ing ear­lier this week that Kelly had been at­tacked by a fel­low de­tainee who has the phrase “F--- The Feds” tat­tooed on his face.

A pho­to­graph of Farmer shows many tat­toos on his face, in­clud­ing tat­toos of teardrops. Farmer is al­leged to have once made the claim that two col­ored-in teardrop tat­toos rep­re­sented peo­ple he had killed, ac­cord­ing to court records.

Green­berg also wrote in his fil­ing that the de­tainee at­tacked Kelly be­cause protests sup­port­ive of Kelly out­side the MCC have caused lock­downs within the fa­cil­ity.

Farmer’s fil­ing in­cludes a one-page Bu­reau of Pris­ons in­ci­dent re­port about the at­tack against Kelly. It says the at­tack hap­pened around 9:45 a.m. Aug. 26. It said a prison em­ployee had been try­ing to meet with Farmer at that time. The em­ployee wrote that Farmer “left the of­fice against my or­der to stay.”

The prison em­ployee fol­lowed as Farmer en­tered a sec­tion of the jail to which he had not been as­signed, then heard a dis­tur­bance com­ing from a cell, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

When a unit of­fi­cer opened the door, the re­port said the prison em­ployee spot­ted Farmer “who ap­peared to be on top of ” Kelly “on the lower bunk in the cell.”

“In­mate Farmer ap­peared to be punch­ing in­mate Kelly re­peat­edly in the head and torso,” the prison em­ployee wrote.

The prison em­ployee used pep­per spray to end the as­sault, the re­port said. Farmer wrote in his court fil­ing that he wound up in the MCC’s soli­tary hous­ing unit fol­low­ing the at­tack.

Farmer also claimed that a men­tal health pro­fes­sional at the MCC told him, “You don’t want to as­sault Kelly, if you did, you would have done it.” Farmer wrote that he “said some dis­re­spect back” and was told “go do it then.” That’s when he said he “stormed out” and at­tacked Kelly de­spite be­ing told to stop.

Records show Farmer was con­victed last year of a rack­e­teer­ing con­spir­acy that in­volved the June 25, 1999, mur­ders of Mar­ion Lowry, 74, and Har­vey Siegers, 67, at their Ham­mond busi­ness, Calumet Auto Re­builders. The feds say the men were beaten to death with a ham­mer.

Ham­mond po­lice had pre­vi­ously charged and ar­rested Farmer for the mur­ders, records show. Pros­e­cu­tors have said that Farmer at the time asked de­tec­tives, “Do you think I did it?” and asked whether it was a death-penalty case.

“I want lethal in­jec­tion,” Farmer al­legedly said. “I may as well say I’m guilty and get it over with.”

Jeremiah Shane Farmer

R. Kelly

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