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Updates on R Kelly’s prison sentence: artist sentenced to 30 years in prison for sex trafficking, racketeering

R Kelly sentenced to 30 years in prison

R&B singer R Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison, following a sentence handed down last year by a federal court for sex trafficking and racketeering. Today in court he faced seven of his accusers who made statements on the impact of the victims by recounting their experiences with the singer.

Prosecutors had demanded that he receive more than 25 years behind bars to “protect the public” from the singer. He was convicted of nine counts last September, which included a racketeering and eight counts for violations of the Mann Act.

Gloria Allred, representing the three women who testified against R Kelly, told reporters that “no one can undo the damage that has been done to these victims.”

Defense attorneys representing R Kelly are hoping the details revealing the abuse their clients suffered as a child will prompt the judge to offer the singer a lighter sentence.

They had asked for a sentence of 10 years or less, arguing that anything beyond it would be indefensible. Lawyers said the prosecution’s desire to lock up the 55-year-old singer for 25 years “equates to life in prison”.

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R Kelly Victim Says 30-Year Prison Sentence “Right”

Sonja, an R Kelly abuse victim who testified in court, hailed the singer’s prison sentence.

In an interview with Los Angeles Times after the sentencing, Sonja, whose surname is not revealed to protect her identity, said she had been intimidated by people in the singer’s circle for years.

“I was looked after, I was introduced to networking events,” she said. “It happened several times.”

On each occasion she says she immediately walked away from the person who was chatting with her and went “offline for a few days”.

“Thirty years is perfect for me,” he said.

“I’ve been putting up with it for nearly two decades. I am very happy with the sentence. Very happy.”

Supporter of R&B singer R. Kelly reacts after the sentencing hearing at Brooklyn Federal Court in New York on June 29, 2022.

(AFP via Getty Images)

Sravasti DasguptaJune 30, 2022 6:30 am

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R Kelly Victims Say 30-Year Sentence “Not Enough”

Victims of R Kelly said the singer’s 30-year prison sentence, while welcome, “isn’t enough.”

“Personally I don’t think that’s enough, but I’m satisfied,” said prosecutor Lizzette Martinez.

Another victim Jovante Cunningham, who first met Kelly at the age of 14, said his abuse lasted 30 years and “30 years is what he got.”

“There hasn’t been a day in my life when I truly believed the judicial system would come for black and brown girls,” Ms. Cunningham said outside the courthouse.

Ms. Cunningham, Kelly’s former support dancer, added that she “absolutely” cried when the sentence was passed and that she felt “overwhelmed”.

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Sravasti DasguptaJune 30, 2022 6:00 am

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R Kelly a “prolific serial predator” who preyed on the “young and vulnerable”

Steve K Francis, acting associate executive director of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) who announced the conviction of R Kelly, called the singer a “prolific serial predator.”

“Robert Kelly is a prolific serial predator who has used his wealth and fame to prey on the young and vulnerable with dangling promises of fame, fortune and stardom for his own sexual gratification. For nearly three decades, Kelly and his accomplices have silenced his victims through corruption, intimidation, blackmail and physical violence, confident that they are immune to justice, “Francis said.

“Today’s ruling is a victory that belongs to Kelly’s abuse survivors. These courageous women and men have come forward, despite the threats to their personal safety, and have been forced to relive the pain of the most traumatic days of their lives to speak the truth and make their voices heard ”.

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Sravasti DasguptaJune 30, 2022 05:15 am

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R Kelly will face a second trial in August

R Kelly will face another trial, this time in federal court, which begins in August.

On August 15, R Kelly will be tried on charges of possessing images of child sexual abuse. It will be the second time he faces allegations of child sexual abuse images.

He was previously acquitted in 2008 on similar charges.

Kelly pleaded not guilty.

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EXPLANATION: What was R Kelly convicted of and how long was he incarcerated?

R Kelly is facing a potential quarter century in prison.

What brought R Kelly to this point and what is the context surrounding her arrest, conviction and eventual conviction?

The Independents Graeme Massie explores and explains the circumstances and crimes that led R Kelly to today’s sentence.

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ICYMI: Victims accuse R Kelly of “deplorable and inexplicable acts” in heartbreaking statements on the impact of the sentence

Seven women who were abused by R Kelly spoke out on Wednesday during his sentencing hearing, recounting the pain they faced as a result of the singer’s crimes.

With each addition of a new victim you grew into nastiness, arrogance, diminishing any form of humanity or self-awareness, ”one victim said during the hearing.

Jenna Amatulli has more from the victims in the story below:

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WATCH: R Kelly is sentenced to 30 years in prison for sex trafficking and racketeering

R Kelly sentenced to 30 years in prison

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ICYMI: R Kelly sentenced to 30 years in prison for sex trafficking and racketeering

R&B singer R Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison on sex trafficking and racketeering charges.

Read more in the story below:

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R Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, says the conviction is an “abuse” of the prosecution

R Kelly’s attorney Steve Greenberg told Law and Crime that the singer’s 30-year prison sentence is an “abuse” of the prosecution.

Check out his comments in the clip below:

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Lizzette Martinez, who released a statement on the victim’s impact during the sentencing hearing, said she hoped R Kelly would receive a tougher sentence.

Lizzette Martinez, a survivor of R Kelly’s abuse and who released a statement about the victim’s impact during the sentencing hearing, said the singer held her as a “sex slave.”

“Personally, I don’t think that’s enough, but I’m happy with it,” she told reporters after the sentence.

GraziosiJune 29, 2022 10:30 pm

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