After a month-long trial in his hometown of Chicago, the disgraced R&B singer R Kelly, who is already serving a 30-year term for sex offences, was convicted guilty of child pornography and other charges on Wednesday.
According to AP reports, R Kelly was found guilty on six out of the 13 charges that were brought against him. These convictions frequently result in lengthy mandatory sentences. However, according to AP, the government failed to prove that Kelly and his then-business manager corrupted his state child pornography trial in 2008. Derrel McDavid, a longstanding business manager, was among his co-defendants who were both cleared of all charges.
With a crucial video at the centre of both cases, the trial resembled Kelly’s child pornography prosecution from 2008 in certain aspects. After Wednesday’s decision, Kelly reportedly gave the crowd a thumbs-up but otherwise shown little emotion.
The judgments from the 12-person jury, which took about 11 hours to reach over the course of two days, could result in Kelly serving an additional 30 years in jail.
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