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Guilty Jussie Smollett: What’s Next for the Former ‘Empire’ star?

Actor Jussie Smollett, right, leaves Leighton Criminal Court on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, with his mother, Janet, after Cook County Judge James Linn referred the case to a jury in Chicago. (AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast)

CHICAGO (NewsNation Now) – Former “Empire” star Jussie Smollett now faces conviction after a grand jury convict him of five counts about disorderly conduct involving a mock hate crime attack, with legal experts divided on whether the actor was spending time behind bars.

“I want to go to jail for what he did,” criminal defense attorney Mark Eiglarsh said on “Dan Abram Live” on Wednesday. “Every future victim will be scrutinized by the police, yes, because ‘could they be another Smollett?'”

Smollett was convicted on Thursday of five of six charges filed after he orchestrated an anti-gay, racist attack on himself nearly three years ago and then lied to him. Chicago police about it. He was acquitted in one count.

Disruption is a class 4 felony that carries a prison sentence of up to three years.

Judge James Linn set a post-trial hearing for January 27 and said he would schedule Smollett’s sentencing at a later date.

Terri Austin, presenter and legal analyst on the Law and Crime Network, doesn’t believe Smollett will end her service.

“I think he’ll probably pay some money, as long as the authorities waste time doing this investigation,” Austin said on “Dan Abrams Live” on Tuesday. “Perhaps he will be put on probation. Perhaps he will serve the community.”

The ruling came after a trial that lasted about a week in which the brothers testified that Smollett recruited them to fake an attack on him near his home in downtown Chicago in January. 2019.

Smollett has repeatedly denied he staged his attack for publicity, telling a prosecutor as the trial drew to a close that, “There was no hoax on my part” and that two brothers testify against him are “liars.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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