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#R. Kelly Sentenced To 30 Years In Prison For Sex Trafficking Charges

“R. Kelly Sentenced To 30 Years In Prison For Sex Trafficking Charges”

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Brooklyn, NY – R. Kelly learned his fate in a Brooklyn courtroom on Wednesday (June 29). Per the Associated Press, the disgraced R&B singer was sentenced to 30 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly and the 55-year-old will likely be spending the rest of his life behind bars.

Kells was convicted on nine counts of various racketeering and sex trafficking charges during September 2021’s trial.

“You made me do things that broke my spirit. I literally wished I would die because of how low you made me feel,” one alleged victim said in court. “Do you remember that?”

Eleven accusers (nine women and two men) gave their testimony of being victims of Kelly’s abuse while some were even minors when they first has intercourse with the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer.

“He committed these crimes using his fame and stardom as both a shield, which prevented close scrutiny or condemnation of his actions,” federal prosecutors added. “And a sword, which gave him access to wealth and a network of enablers to facilitate his crimes, and an adoring fan base from which to cull his victims.”

Federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of New York reportedly asked the judge to sentence the embattled singer to 25 years in prison before Donnelly sentenced Kelly to 30 years behind bars. R. Kelly’s lawyers argued he should only face 10 years because of the trauma and abuse he endured throughout his turbulent childhood.

“Wow!! 30 years,” Jermaine Dupri wrote on Twitter following the sentencing.

The case was seen as a critical point in the #MeToo movement, which picked up steam to put Kells in jail following the premiere of Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly docu-series in early 2019.

R. Kelly was indicted on child pornography charges in Illinois in 2008, but he was ultimately acquitted.

“The defendant’s victims aren’t groupies or gold diggers. They’re human beings,” U.S. attorney Nadia Shihata said. “Daughters, sisters, some are now mothers. And their lives matter.”

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