R. Kelly
**FILE** R. Kelly performs at Little Caesars Arena on Feb. 21, 2018, in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)


He has sung, performed, and wrote many hit songs, but Robert Sylvester Kelly will now sing a new tune: convict – perhaps for the rest of his life.

A federal jury in New York convicted the R&B superstar — better known as R. Kelly — on multiple counts of racketeering and sex trafficking charges.

The singer, 54, faced nine counts and 14 underlying acts, including sexual exploitation of a child, kidnapping, bribery, and sex trafficking charges.

Kelly also faced eight additional violations of the Mann Act, a law that punishes predators for taking minors across state lines for sexual purposes.

When Kelly receives his sentence, scheduled for May 4, 2022, he could get life in prison.

He still faces trial for similar accusations in Chicago and Minnesota.

His lawyers said he would appeal the verdicts.

Stacy M. Brown is a senior writer for The Washington Informer and the senior national correspondent for the Black Press of America. Stacy has more than 25 years of journalism experience and has authored...

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