Found Guilty of Luring Children for Sex
By Logan Willard — June 29, 2022
Singer R. Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years following his conviction in federal court on racketeering and sex trafficking charges September 2021.
Real name Robert Sylvester Kelly, the singer-songwriter, 55, was found guilty on eight counts of violating the Mann Act, which prohibits the transport of “any woman or girl” across state lines for any “immoral purpose,” and one charge of racketeering in September 2021.
The trial lasted for about nine hours across two days for the jury of five women and seven men to deliberate and finally convict the “Down Low” singer.
“To the victims in this case, your voices were heard, and justice was finally served,” acting US Attorney Jacquelyn Kasulist mentioned outside the courtroom after the verdict.
“No one deserves what they experienced at his hands. Or the threats and harassment they faced.”
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Originally his sentencing was scheduled for May 4, 2022, but was rescheduled.
Prosecutors asked Judge Ann Donnelly for a sentence of at least 25 years for the NAACP Image Award winner, stating in a sentencing memo that the Chicago-born singer depended on his money and fame to “both carry and conceal his crimes.”
“In light of the seriousness of the offenses, the need for specific deterrence and the need to protect the public from further crimes of the defendant … the government respectfully submits that a sentence in excess of 25 years is warranted,” the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York wrote at the time.
“Indeed, the defendant’s decades of crime appear to have been fueled by narcissism and a belief that his musical talent absolved him of any need to conform his conduct — no matter how predatory, harmful, humiliating or abuse to other — to the strictures of the law,” the memo went on to state.
“He continued his crimes and avoided punishment for them for almost 30 years and must now be held to account.”
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