On Monday (Sept. 27), disgraced R&B singer Robert Sylvester Kelly, known as R. Kelly, was found guilty of all nine charges brought against him by the government, including racketeering and sex trafficking.
The verdict was delivered after two days of deliberation by the jury, which consisted of seven men and five women. The relatively quick turnaround on the verdict could mean the jury was in agreement on most counts. Kelly, who was previously acquitted in a 2008 child pornography case, faces up to life in prison.
The verdict comes after five weeks of arguments, physical evidence (some not shown to the public) and 45 witness testimonies from the prosecution alone. During closing arguments, federal prosecutor Nadia Shihata addressed the defense's portrayal of Kelly as a naive bystander stating that "the defendant is not the victim here. He's not unlucky, he's guilty."