R. Kelly has simply been sentenced to 30 years in federal jail following his conviction for 9 federal fees, together with intercourse crimes and human trafficking.
The disgraced singer was within the federal courthouse Wednesday in Brooklyn when Choose Ann M. Donnelly introduced his sentence … bringing a near one of many U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace’s highest-profile felony prosecutions in years.
Kelly’s recognized he may get 10 years to life since he was convicted final September on all 9 counts. He declined to present a press release throughout sentencing.
As we reported, federal prosecutors had really useful a minimum of 25 years in jail primarily based on the severity of Kelly’s crimes.
Kelly’s trial had taken simply over a month, and his attorneys appeared overmatched in courtroom — federal prosecutors referred to as for extra witnesses than the protection.
Kelly’s authorized staff referred to as on a handful of ex-Kelly staff and associates — all saying, below oath, they by no means noticed Kelly abuse anybody.
Prosecutors, nevertheless, introduced dozens of witnesses to the stand, poking holes in that declare … some stated Kelly had managers, bodyguards and assistants who rounded up his potential victims earlier than the singer groomed them for undesirable intercourse, amongst different issues.
Kelly himself by no means took the stand.
We spoke with one in every of Kelly’s victims, Lizzette Martinez, who instructed us he’s greater than earned a life sentence … she says the man’s confirmed a number of occasions he’s utilizing his energy to get what he needs, and he shouldn’t be given the prospect to prey on ladies once more.
Be mindful, Kelly remains to be going through one other federal case out of Illinois, plus a state trial in Minnesota.