In SummaryMichael Williams was sentenced on Nov. 17, seven months after he pleaded guilty to an arson charge.
Michael Williams, an R. Kelly associate, has been sentenced to eight years in prison due to witness intimidation relating to the disgraced singer’s sex crime and racketeering case, according to Complex.
Judge Ann Donnelly from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York announced the sentencing of the 38-year-old on Nov. 17. It occurred seven months after Williams pleaded guilty to an arson charge.
He confessed to the authorities that he went to the home of one of R. Kelly’s accusers and set a vehicle on fire that was parked outside of her Florida residence, according to Complex. Prosecutors believe that Williams’ actions were designed to frighten the woman and forbid her from cooperating in Kelly’s trial.
The incident occurred on June 11, 2020, as Williams poured gasoline on an SUV that was given to the victim by her dad.
“Intimidating witnesses and threatening the safety of crime victims undermine the very fabric of our judicial system and will never be tolerated,” said United States attorney Breon Peace in a Department of Justice news release. “This Office will bring all of its resources to bear against those who commit dangerous acts of violence to silence victims and interfere with the administration of justice.”
Williams is one of three individuals who have been accused of threatening, harassing and intimidating some of Kelly’s accusers. In September, the singer was found guilty of sex trafficking and racketeering and is facing 10 years to life in prison, according to Complex.
He is expected to be sentenced in May 2022.