R KELLY FOUND GUILTY OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY AND SEXUAL ABUSE

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A federal jury on Wednesday convicted R Kelly of several child pornography and sex abuse charges in his home town of Chicago. R Kelly, 55, was found guilty on three counts of child pornography and three counts of child enticement.

After deliberating for more than 10 hours, the jury in Chicago delivered their verdict,. They found R Kelly guilty of three counts of producing child sex abuse images and three counts of enticing underage girls to engage in criminal sexual activity. He was acquitted of seven charges, including conspiring to obstruct justice and receiving and conspiring to receive child sexual abuse images.

R Kelly

Jurors’ decision

Jurors also acquitted Kelly’s former business manager Derrel McDavid of conspiring to obstruct justice and receiving and conspiring to receive child sexual abuse images. Milton Brown, a former assistant for the singer, was found not guilty of conspiring to receive child sexual abuse images.

The jurors did their job, they looked at each count separately. And they obviously concluded, as I concluded long ago, that this case was overcharged,” Kelly’s attorney Jennifer Bonjean told reporters at the courthouse. “We’re not celebrating a win entirely, but we are happy that the jury really did look at each count.”

In a statement, US Attorney John R. Lausch, Jr. said prosecutors respected the jury’s decision to find Kelly and his co-defendants not guilty on several counts but emphasized that he is still “finally” being held accountable for sexually abusing young girls.

While certain aspects of the charges and the trial made it difficult to obtain convictions for all of the charged conduct, it is clear that justice has been served by the guilty verdicts returned today,” Lausch said.

The verdict comes months after a federal judge in New York sentenced Kelly to 30 years in prison in June for racketeering and sex trafficking. See article. Three of the six counts he was convicted of on Wednesday carry a minimum of 10 years in prison, according to the US attorney’s office. Based on that sentence, the former singer won’t be eligible for release until he is around 80.

By Wanjiru Mbaru

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