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R. Kelly Sentenced To 30 Years In Prison On Federal s** Trafficking And Racketeering Counts

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Per Deadline:

Former R&B singer R. Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years in prison at a Brooklyn federal court on nine counts of s** trafficking and racketeering.

Kelly had faced a maximum sentence of life in prison, with federal prosecutors having asked for a minimum of 25 years.

Kelly, born Robert Sylvester Kelly, was found guilty last September on all nine counts in the federal s** trafficking and racketeering trial in Brooklyn. The six-week trial involved charges dating back as much as 20 years, with Kelly found guilty by a jury of seven men and five women of being a serial ***ual predator and leading a group that recruited women and young girls for s** during his years touring the world as a top R&B singer.

The trial was his first time in front of a criminal court jury in 13 years. Kelly was acquitted of child ****ography charges at a 2008 trial in Chicago. In the New York trial,  the charges included accusations by a half-dozen people that the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer was a serial ***ual predator.

Kelly’s history of ***ual misconduct was chronicled in the Lifetime documentary series Surviving R. Kelly, which broke Lifetime ratings records when it premiered January 3, 2019.

Today’s sentence was handed down by his trial judge, Judge Ann M. Donnelly, who earlier this week denied his team’s motions for acquittal and a new trial. Kelly’s attorneys are expected to appeal the decision.

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