Bad news keeps coming for the embattled R&B singer R. Kelly, who was just found guilty of three counts of child pornography and three counts of seducing a minor for sex on Wednesday, just months after he was sentenced to 30 years in prison in a separate New York case at the beginning of this summer.
Meanwhile, two other pending criminal trials loom for the 55-year-old.
Kelly faces a minimum of 10 years in prison on each of the child pornography charges, according to a second conviction this year. Chicago Tribune.
He was acquitted of seven other charges. The Chicago trial was a recasting of Kelly’s 2008 child pornography trial, with a key video critical of both.
Jury deliberated for just 11 hours before reaching guilty verdict, accomplices acquitted
Two of his alleged accomplices, Derrell McDavid and Milton “June” Brown, were acquitted of all charges after they were charged with intimidation and bribery in Kelly’s 2008 statewide child pornography trial.
The jurors deliberated for just 11 hours before reaching their verdict, meeting on Tuesday afternoon and deciding a day later, according to the publication.
In closing arguments for the prosecution, Assistant U.S. Attorney Ginnis Appenteng said, “R. Kelly wanted to… have sex with young girls,” before adding that “people around him wanted to help their boss… (and) get away with it.”
“What R. Kelly wanted was to have sex with young girls,” Appenteng said in the prosecution’s closing arguments earlier this week. “And what the people around him wanted… they wanted to help their boss, including helping him get away with it.”
Lawyer Kelly: “He should not be deprived of everything human”
On Tuesday, Jennifer Bonjean, Kelly’s attorney, said “the man has done some wonderful things with his music” and told jurors that “he shouldn’t be stripped of everything human.”
“This man has done some wonderful things with his music. And he should not be deprived of everything human,” Bonjean said on Tuesday. “I’m asking for more important things and remember that every account counts and don’t rush what you need… mr. Kelly deserves it, no matter what you think of him.”
He was ultimately acquitted of trial rigging charges and found not guilty of all three counts of conspiracy to obtain child pornography and two more counts of entrapment.
Second sentence in so many years, two more criminal trials on the horizon
Kelly’s latest conviction is the second this year alone, after US District Judge Ann Donnelly’s sentence to 30 years in federal prison in New York in June.
He remains in prison after being convicted in New York last September of racketeering and sex trafficking. shadow room previously reported.
And more legal challenges remain on the horizon for Kelly, with two more lawsuits currently pending; one in Minnesota and another in state court in Chicago.
According to his accusations, the singer will not be eligible for parole until he is 80 years old.