American singer and songwriter R Kelly has just been found guilty of sexually abusing a number of women and children.

The 54-year-old from Chicago faced a six-week trial in which 11 victims described the abuse they suffered from him.

After two days of deliberation, the musician was found guilty of all the charges he was facing.

Sentencing isn’t due until May 4th 2022, but how long could he face in prison?

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What was R Kelly found guilty of?

R Kelly was found guilty of eight counts of sex trafficking, which included  child sexual exploitation, production of child pornography, obstruction of justice, kidnapping and forced labor.

He was also found guilty of one count of racketeering, a charge that is used when a group organises an illegal and fraudulent scheme to collect money or other profit.

The singer has been found guilty of being the ringleader of a coercive scheme during his music career that lured women and children for him to sexually abuse.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – JUNE 26: R&B singer R. Kelly covers his mouth as he speaks to members of his entourage as he leaves the Leighton Criminal Courts Building following a hearing on June 26, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Prosecutors turned over to Kelly’s defense team a DVD that alleges to show Kelly having sex with an underage girl in the 1990s. Kelly has been charged with multiple sex crimes involving four women, three of whom were underage at the time of the alleged encounters. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

How long could he face in prison?

Whilst sentencing isn’t due to take place for another eight months, many are expecting that he will face multiple sentences of life in prison.

In the USA, a life sentence means that a person is imprisoned for 15 years, but are usually able to apply for parole after seven years.

However, under US law, multiple life sentences can be given, and the judge can decide not to allow parole at all if they deem the crime bad enough.

Many are suspecting that R Kelly will gain multiple life sentences and go to jail for many decades.

If you add up the sentences for all of his guilty charges, including one count of racketeering and eight counts of sex trafficking, social media users are estimating that he faces a maximum of 100 years in prison.

Watch surviving R Kelly

If you want to know more specific details about what R Kelly has been found guilty of, it’s best to watch the 2019 documentary Surviving R Kelly.

In the series, a number of victims come forward and detail the physical, mental and sexual abuse they endured from R Kelly.

The documentary features more than 50 interviews, as well as commentary from R Kelly’s family and other celebrities.

Surviving R Kelly is available to watch on Netflix.

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