R. Kelly trial ‘lie’ witness gets prison time

By Tina Snellgrove, CNN A man who tried to persuade a witness in R. Kelly’s 2008 child pornography trial to recant his testimony was sentenced Friday to two years and one month in prison,…

R. Kelly trial 'lie' witness gets prison time

By Tina Snellgrove, CNN

A man who tried to persuade a witness in R. Kelly’s 2008 child pornography trial to recant his testimony was sentenced Friday to two years and one month in prison, according to court documents.

The sentence of Terance “Tyrus” Savage was handed down by Cook County Circuit Court Judge Thaddeus Wilson, according to an order from his office. The warrant had been issued in January, but a prosecutor’s office denied CNN’s request to see it.

Prosecutors also confirmed to CNN that Savage was a long-time associate of the singer, as well as the brother of Terry Loehmann, the lead lawyer on Kelly’s defense team in the case. Loehmann was not named in the documents.

Loehmann told CNN he did not know Savage had been sentenced to prison and could not comment on the case.

Court documents said Savage was “conspiring to induce and threaten a person to provide false testimony” in order to “prevent him from giving a sworn statement to the police in which it is alleged the witness intends to assert that his statements made in the criminal complaint were false and have been concocted by the police department.”

The court documents said Savage, who lives in California, will also be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.

Kelly was found not guilty of 13 counts of child pornography on 11 May 2008. The conviction, however, held the singer liable for $42,000 in restitution for victims. His recording contract with RCA was also put on hold.

Federal authorities announced in 2009 that Kelly was under criminal investigation in Chicago and the state of Georgia. They ended that investigation last year.

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