A man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for intimidating a witness in the R. Kelly trial. Michael Williams set fire to an SUV belonging to the father of a witness due to testify against the singer.
R. Kelly could face life in prison after being found guilty of sexually abusing women and children over 20 years. The US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York said; threatening victim safety “will never be tolerated,”
Williams, 38, committed the arson to “prevent the victim-witness from continuing to co-operate”, according a statement from the attorney’s office.
R. Kelly’s trial heard from 11 accusers – nine women and two men – who described enduring sexual humiliation and violence.
After two days of discussion, the jury found the singer guilty on all nine charges he was facing. He is due to be sentenced in May next year.