R. Kelly associate sentenced for witness intimidation attempt


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Michael Williams was sentenced to eight years after setting a car on fire

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A man was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison for setting a car on fire last year in what officials said was an attempt to intimidate a potential witness in the trial against R.

Michael Williams, 38, of Valdosta, Georgia, was sentenced in federal court in Brooklyn.


Authorities said Williams, who was said to be related to a former campaigner of Kelly, went to Florida in June 2020 and set a car on fire outside the home where the witness was staying, to prevent the man from cooperating. in effort.

R Kelly’s Chicago trial on child pornography charges due for August 2022

At the time, Kelly had a sex-trafficking trial pending; He was convicted in September.

Williams’ attorney, Todd Spodek, said a five-year sentence would have been “sufficient but not excessive in this case”. He said that they are exploring their legal options.

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