Michael Williams, an associate of R. Kelly’s has pleaded guilty to setting fire to Azriel Clary’s vehicle.
Azriel is a former girlfriend and victim of Kelly. Her vehicle was torched last year after she decided to leave Kelly and speak out about what allegedly happened to her.
“I’ve literally never seen anyone post when they’ve been at there lowest. So, this is me at my lowest… Someone not only set my car on fire at 3am but they also made a gas line around my entire house, with intentions to burn my entire home down. It was something that was premeditated, but the fact that someone would go to that extreme to harm me is sickening,” Azriel said at the time of the fire.
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Williams was accused of “set[ting] fire to an SUV parked outside a residence in Florida where an alleged victim in the Kelly case and others were staying,” on June 11.
Williams pleaded guilty in Brooklyn federal court to one count of arson. At the time, the vehicle was parked in front of the family’s Kissimmee, Florida. His witness tampering charge in connection with R. Kelly’s trial will not be dropped.
“The plea agreement is fair in that the witness tampering charge as it relates to R. Kelly will be dismissed at sentencing,” said defense lawyer Todd Spodek.
His sentencing hearing will take place on October 5 and faces up to 71 months in prison.