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R. Kelly is sentenced to 30 years imprisonment for sexual crimes.


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After being found guilty on all counts in his sex crimes and racketeering case last year, R. Kelly is sentenced to 30 years in prison. "The public must be protected from such behavior," Judge Ann M. Donnelly told Kelly as she handed down the sentence, according to the New York Times. Seven victims gave impact statements, testifying about the long-term trauma and mental-health effects of Kelly's abuse. "I hope you spend the rest of your life in prison," a woman identified as Jane Doe No. 2 told Kelly in her statement.

Kelly avoided making eye contact with the majority of the victims. He did not speak because of the ongoing litigation, but his lawyer, Jennifer Bonjean, described him as a "musical genius" she said.


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Prosecutors sought a sentence of "in excess of 25 years" for the 55-year-old singer, while his defense attorney requested a sentence of no more than ten years, claiming prosecutors misunderstood the charges' sentencing ranges. The sentencing occurred shortly after Judge Donnelly denied Kelly's attorney's request for a new trial.

The sentencing follows Kelly's six-week trial in September 2021, during which 11 accusers testified (six of whom were underage when the abuse began). Kelly was found guilty of eight Mann Act violations involving the transport of people across state lines for illegal sexual activity. He was also convicted of one count of racketeering, a complicated and landmark conviction that hinged on the argument that Kelly's actions were part of larger criminal plans. The maximum sentence for racketeering is 20 years, while each Mann Act violation is punishable by up to ten years.


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Prosecutors sought a sentence of "in excess of 25 years" for the 55-year-old singer, while his defense attorney requested a sentence of no more than ten years, claiming prosecutors misunderstood the charges' sentencing ranges. The sentencing occurred shortly after Judge Donnelly denied Kelly's attorney's request for a new trial.

The sentencing follows Kelly's six-week trial in September 2021, during which 11 accusers testified (six of whom were underage when the abuse began). Kelly was found guilty of eight Mann Act violations involving the transport of people across state lines for illegal sexual activity. He was also convicted of one count of racketeering, a complicated and landmark conviction that hinged on the argument that Kelly's actions were part of larger criminal plans. The maximum sentence for racketeering is 20 years, while each Mann Act violation is punishable by up to ten years.


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Kelly was incarcerated at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn after being found guilty. Kelly had become friends with Frank James, who'd been arrested for a shooting on the N train in April, according to the New York Daily News in May. ("They talk about TV shows," said one source, referring to them as "buds.") According to the same article, Kelly frequently sang in his cell and once sang "I Believe I Can Fly" in the jail's visiting room. It's been an experience.


Kelly's sentencing does not mark the end of his sex-crime saga. On August 1, the singer will go on trial in his hometown of Chicago on charges of child pornography and obstruction of justice, the latter of which stems from an acquittal in a 2008 trial. Bonjean had requested that the trial be postponed, in part due to Kelly's impending sentencing in New York; however, the motion was denied by a judge.

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