Celebrities who are currently in jail

As a general observation, celebrities have a unique way of seeming to be able to skirt justice — Remember the 82 minutes of her four-day sentence that Nicole Richie served for a 2007 DUI? But that's certainly not always the case. In fact, there are celebrities on this list who will likely die in prison. Some claim to have been wrongly convicted, while others have taken full responsibility for their actions and are just biding their time in the big house before reentering society. There's even a 17-year-old rapper in here who shot to stardom on the very day that he cut his home arrest ankle monitor off and became a fugitive from murder charges. 

Yes, these stars made big splashes in the world of sports, acting, and music, but bad decisions changed the course of their careers and landed them behind bars. These are the celebrities who are currently in jail. 

Why Quiznos rules: Exhibit A

Former Subway spokesperson Jared Fogle was sentenced to 15 years and eight months in prison for child pornography charges, as well as charges he crossed state lines to pay for sex with minors, reported CNN. Fogle was also ordered to pay $1.4 million in restitution to 14 victims and $175,000 in fines.

Prison life hasn't been easy for the sandwich slinger. In March 2017, he was beaten by a fellow inmate, reported TMZ. The assailant, Steve Nigg, wrote a letter obtained by the tab explaining that he beat up Fogle because the spokesman is allegedly treated like a "hero" amongst other molesters and uses bodyguards to protect himself. "Other child molesters looked at him as if he was a God," Nigg wrote. Despite being punished for the attack, Nigg wrote, "I have no regrets."

In March 2018, Fogle made the news again when he and two fellow inmates filed a lawsuit against "federal authorities and his former attorneys" for what one of the men summarized to USA Today as "constitutional violations, government overreach and convictions not based in the law." Fogle specifically alleges that he was duped into a guilty plea by "bogus conspiracy charges" brought by prosecutors. He also states that the restitution he paid to victims was a result of "coercion" by his attorneys, which amounted to "wire fraud, racketeering and 'money laundry.'" Good luck with all of that. 

Was the name Bobby McFelony Gun Charge already taken?

Rapper Bobby Shmurda found himself in hot water after he was arrested in 2014 on weapons, drugs, and assault charges, reported Billboard. Two years later, the Brooklyn star was sentenced to seven years in prison. He reportedly took a plea deal that significantly reduced his sentence, but Shmurda still wasn't pleased with the outcome. "I was forced to take this sentence, I did not want to take this sentence," he told the court (via Billboard.) "I was forced by my attorney to take this plea." The deal also reportedly lessened the sentences of his friends, Chad 'Rowdy Rebel' Marshall and Nicholas McCoy.

Shmurda believes he could have won in court if only he'd been able to make the $2 million bail imposed by the court. "We look guilty in these jump suits," he told Complex. "If you put Al Sharpton in a orange jumpsuit and accuse him of having a gun, he's going to be found guilty. We had big-money lawyers and they still couldn't do nothing because of the judge, who looked at us like black thugs." Billboard reported that Shmurda, who inexplicably topped the charts again from inside the clink, will be eligible for parole in December 2020.  

Murder was the case that they gave him

Former music mogul Suge Knight was charged with murder and attempted murder in February 2015, following a fatal hit-and-run on the set of the hit film Straight Outta Compton, reported the Los Angeles Times. Knight was accused of running over Terry Carter, who died, and Cle "Bone" Sloan, who survived, with his truck. Because of his criminal history and the seriousness of his charges, Knight's $2.2 million bail was revoked, reported the paper.

The much-anticipated trial, which was delayed for years due to Knight's various health issues and changes in legal counsel — an astounding 15 lawyers joined and left from the case since his 2015 arrest — ended in September 2018 when Knight entered a plea of "no contest to voluntary manslaughter," according to The New York Times. This isn't Knight's first tussle with trouble. He was shot six times at a nightclub in 2014, and arrested for driving on a suspended license in 2013. He also landed in a hospital in 2009 after a fight at an Arizona hotel.

Once again, because of his violent past, Knight received a tougher sentence than a first-time offender. He was sentenced to 28 years in prison, which he will serve at R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego, according to KGET. He will be up for parole in 2037.  

Perhaps C-Not Guilty would have been a better choice

Musician C-Murder was sentenced to life in prison for killing a teenager during a scuffle in 2002. According to The Associated Press (via Page Six), C-Murder got into a fight with a 16-year-old fan named Steve Thomas outside a club in Harvey, La. According to MTV News, a jury ruled that "Miller shot Thomas once in the chest as the teen lay on his back while being beaten by the rapper's friends." Following a civil case in 2013, C-Murder was also ordered to pay the victim's family more than $1.1 million ($500,000 each to Thomas' parents and another $150,000 for their suffering,) reported, Page Six.

C-Murder has consistently proclaimed his innocence. In January 2018, his publicist, Tammy "Ty" Page, told AllHipHop that they knew of a prisoner in another jail who confessed to Thomas' murder on tape and even signed an affidavit attesting to it. Page also told the rap news site that C-Murder was at the time engaged in a hunger strike to bring awareness to his claim that he and other prisoners were "being denied proper healthcare, while being treated inhumanely."

According to Louisiana Weekly, as of October 2018, C-Murder's defense team has sought "a new trial" based on recanted testimony from two witnesses who identified him as the shooter in his original trial, however prosecutors in the case "continue to seek to block efforts" on behalf of the incarcerated rapper. 

Sword Fright

Power Rangers Samurai star Ricardo Medina pleaded guilty in 2017 to fatally stabbing his roommate, Josh Sutter, with a samurai sword in 2015, reported Variety. The guys reportedly got into a fight over Medina's girlfriend. In a disturbing 911 call , Medina is heard saying, "Damn it, Josh. Why did you do this, man? Why did you make me do this?"

According to The Associated Press, Medina took a plea deal that resulted in a six-year sentence instead of a potential life behind bars. The victim's father reportedly testified: "Put this killer in general [prison] population so he will see and feel the same fear that Joshua must have."

From the locker room to lockdown

Former pro-football star Sam Hurd could have been one of the league's most prized and respected players, but instead, he's serving 15 years behind bars for his role in a drug-distribution hustle, reported USA Today. According to the paper, Hurd was rounded up during a sting at a Chicago steakhouse. He reportedly chatted up an undercover cop and attempted to buy 5 to 10 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana to distribute on the streets. "I regret not thinking about the consequences," Hurd told the court. "I made some dumb, very bad decisions."

In 2015, Hurd filed a motion to have his sentence reduced from 15 years to nine, reported ABC 7. He stated he was rehabilitated, had completed both typing and business classes while behind bars, and even learned how to attend to basic sports injuries. His request was denied.

Spector's keeping busy pinching pennies

Music producer Phil Spector will possibly spend the rest of his life behind bars for the death of actress Lana Clarkson, according to CNN. In 2003, Clarkson was discovered dead, sitting in a chair, in Spector's home. She'd been shot in the mouth. Spector's first trial ended in a mistrial with a hung jury, but the second time around, jurors reportedly deliberated for just 30 hours. Spector was sentenced to 19 years to life behind bars on second-degree murder charges and ordered to pay the victim's funeral costs. His attorney reportedly forked over a $17,000 check. "All of our plans are destroyed," Clarkson's mother told the court (via CNN). "Now, I can only visit her at a cemetery."

Spector's legal battles didn't end with a murder conviction. In May 2018, he won a fight from behind bars to reduce his ex-wife's spousal support checks from "$37,500 a month in temporary spousal support and $14,419 per month to cover martial residence expenses" down to $33,000 and $5,885, respectively, according to The Blast. It's great that he's focused on important things in there, huh? 

Pistorius' self defense story didn't add up

South Africa's Oscar Pistorius became one of the world's most renowned athletes when he sprinted in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London as a double amputee, but he made headlines of another sort the following year. In the early hours of Feb. 14, 2013, he reportedly fired four shots into a closed bathroom door, killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. According to CNN, Pistorius said he thought an intruder was in his home; the prosecution claimed he killed Steenkamp after an argument.

Pistorius was convicted of manslaughter in 2014 and sentenced to five years in prison. He served one year and then was put on house arrest, but his conviction was overturned and upgraded to murder by a higher court in 2015, reported CNN. In November 2017, his sentence was increased to 13 years and five months by The Supreme Court of Appeal. In March 2018, Pistorius ran out of appeals.  

Although much of the drama has since been put to rest, Steenkamp's father still struggles with her death. "I don't wish that on any human being, finding out what happened. It devastated us," he told the court in 2015 (via CNN). "I ended up having a stroke and so many things since then have happened to me." He said most of the family has forgiven Pistorius, adding, "You have to understand that forgiveness doesn't exonerate you from what you did."

The Big Sleazy

In 2014, former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was convicted on 20 counts of bribery, fraud and money laundering while he was holding public office and sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. He reportedly relied on city contractors and other local businesses to fund his lifestyle and to contribute business to his son's company in exchange for valuable city contracts. He was sentenced to ten years. Nagin later filed to have his conviction and sentence vacated, citing the case of Virgina Gov. Bob McDonnell, who was exonerated from similar bribery and corruption charges, according to The New Orleans Advocate. As of this writing, Nagin is still looking at a 2023 release date.

Before heading to prison, Nagin spoke about his life to the New Orleans local news. "It's really been tough. I can't really do much. I can't really travel. My freedom has pretty much been taken away," he said. Yep, that's sort of what happens following a guilty verdict.

A cop on TV, a villain in real life

Michael Jace, who is best known for his work on The Shield, was sentenced to 40 years to life behind bars for the shooting death of his wife, April Jace. According to CNN, he shot April in front of their two young sons because he was furious that she wanted a divorce and believed she was seeing someone else. After shooting her once in the back and twice in the legs, Michael reportedly called police and then called April's father to come collect the boys. 

This allegedly wasn't Michael's first domestic violence incident. A friend of his first wife told the court that she witnessed him abusing Jennifer Bitterman during their marriage, and Bitterman claimed in court documents that their son was afraid of his dad.

Unfortunate Son

Joseph Son is most famous for his role in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery as the character Random Task, a parody of the henchman known as Odd Job from the classic James Bond film, Goldfinger. In real life, however, Son's evil deeds were no laughing matter. In 2011, he was convicted of participating in the gang rape and torture of a woman that he and an accomplice reportedly kidnapped and assaulted on Christmas Eve in 1990. According to the Daily Beast, DNA evidence from an unrelated case in 2008 linked Son to the heinous crime, for which he was sentenced to "life with the possibility of parole." As if that wasn't horrific enough, one month after starting his sentence, Son, who is also a former MMA-fighter, beat his cellmate to death "with a combination of kicks and punches."

According to Bakersfield.com, prosecutors sought an additional life sentence for the charge of "assault by a life prisoner with force causing death," but the jury instead found Son guilty of the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter. Upon handing down the additional sentence of 27 years, the judge told Son, "That crime is as monstrous and despicable as anything this court has ever seen."

What's in a name?

Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver, the ex-MMA fighter who legally changed his name to War Machine, was sentenced to 36-years-to-life for the brutal 2014 assault of his ex-girlfriend, adult entertainer Christy Mack, and her male friend, Corey Thomas. According to CBS Sports, the former fighter avoided conviction on attempted murder charges but was found guilty of "29 of 34 charges for kidnapping, battery and sexual assault" in the attack that "left Mack with a punctured lung and several broken bones."

At his June 6, 2017 sentencing, Koppenhaver expressed remorse for his crimes and claimed to have found God while in prison. "Not a day goes by that I don't seriously regret all those things that I did. I was a very, very lost, very empty person," he said, before also claiming "something's not right with my head." Mack also spoke at the sentencing, and she clearly didn't believe Koppenhaver had changed. "I do know when he gets out, he will kill me," she told the judge. According to ESPN, Koppenhaver will be eligible for parole when he is 71-years-old.

TMZ reported that Koppenhaver surprisingly found love again from behind bars, getting engaged to pen pal turned fiancée Ashley Farrington in July 2018.

Learning the difference between infamy and fame

Seventeen-year-old Texas rapper Taymor Travon McIntyre (aka Tay-K 47) is in jail awaiting trial on his alleged involvement in two murders, a robbery, and assault. When he was 16-years-old, McIntyre was accused of participating in the botched robbery and resulting murder of 21-year-old Ethan Walker, according to The Star-Telegram. After being "certified to stand trial as an adult in the case," he was granted a bond and placed on house arrest. Three months later, he cut off his ankle monitor and fled. According to okayplayer, McIntyre released a track called "The Race" on the same day, which went viral and eventually ended up charting on Billboard's Hot 100. During his life on the lam, McIntyre also allegedly participated in two additional robberies, one of with resulted in a homicide, and the other a vicious attack.

McIntyre was eventually caught and brought to court for another bond hearing in March 2018, during which District Judge Wayne Salvant denied the request and admonished him for scenes in "The Race" video where he's "brandishing a 9mm handgun and standing next to a wanted poster of himself." The judge added, "I don't know what this country has become when people can go out and allegedly commit heinous crimes and be glorified for it." 

As of this writing, McIntyre is still awaiting trial, but in August 2018, he was moved into solitary confinement at Tarrant County Jail for allegedly concealing "a cell phone and charger stuffed into a white sock" in his underwear. 

From pudding to prison health

Bill Cosby was once considered America's dad, but in April 2018, the pudding-lover was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting a Temple University women's basketball administrator in his home 14 years prior. According to Business Insider, Cosby was originally hoping for house arrest. The octogenarian is legally blind and his lawyers claimed he was "too old and vulnerable" to to do hard time. Nonetheless, in September 2018, the sitcom star was sentenced to three to 10 years in a maximum security prison.

According to The New York Times, Cosby — who's now known as Inmate NN7687 — is living the life of luxury, at least the type of luxury afforded in a maximum security prison. For one, his new $400 million, barbed wire-enclosed home is the brand new, state-of-the-art SCI Phoenix facility. When he's not having chicken cutlets thrown at his face for cracking an unwelcome joke (which his team has categorically denied as ever happening), he's relaxing in his private room when almost everyone else has to endure a prison roommate. Apparently, Cosby is even making friends in the slammer.

According to The New York Amsterdam News, Cosby is "so concerned with the high obesity rate" that he's coaching his fellow inmates (and even some of the officers) about health and nutrition. Incidentally, Jell-O offers a range of sugar-free, fat-free puddings. And since SCI Phoenix apparently already served Cosby the gelatinous treat, perhaps the former spokesperson could convince them to make the healthy switch. 

New Kidd on the cell block

Before N.W.A. and Public Enemy, there was Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. The collective is largely credited for inventing the same kind of politically-charged hip hop that made their predecessors famous. In other words, without Grandmaster Flash, we wouldn't have Kendrick Lamar, and Detective Tutuola might have never tried his first bagel after more than 15 years on the fake NYPD.

Furious Five member Kidd Creole (real name Nathaniel Glover Jr.) was one of the first rappers ever inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, but that doesn't mean his other achievements are as notable. According to People, the star reportedly later worked as a security guard and landed himself in jail on second degree murder charges. The New York Post reported that Glover allegedly stabbed a homeless man, John Jolly, twice in the torso in New York City after he thought the man was either making a pass at him or planning to rob him. Glover fled the scene and Jolly later died from his injuries. 

The latest update on Glover's case, as of this writing, is that he entered a plea of not guilty in August 2017. The following month, Glover's attorneys indicated that they planned "to present psychiatric evidence of mental disease or defect" as part of the former rapper's defense, although "the nature of the mental illness" was not specified.