R. Kelly Bags 30 Years Jail Term For Sex Trafficking - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

R. Kelly Bags 30 Years Jail Term For Sex Trafficking




| The Daily Crucible | Wednesday, June 29, 2022

R. Kelly will go to prison for 30 years for sex trafficking, sexual exploitation of a child, kidnapping and other sex-related crimes. In September, a jury found Kelly guilty on all nine charges: one count of racketeering and eight counts of violating the Mann Act. The singer, whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, was first accused of having sex with underage girls in the '90s but escaped punishment for almost 30 years.

According to Yahooentertainment report,
Judge Ann M. Donnelly handed down the sentence on Wednesday after the court heard statements from Kelly's victims, but, surprisingly, not from the multiplatinum singer. Federal prosecutors asked for a sentence of more than 25 years for Kelly, who faced life behind bars. The singer's lawyers were seekingthe minimum of 10 years and laid out their arguments for leniency citing his "highly chaotic" childhood home where he was sexually abused.

"Mr. Kelly rejects that’s he's this monster," said his defense lawyer Jennifer Bonjean, according to the New York Times.

As seven women gave victim impact statements in court, the "I Believe I Can Fly" singer rarely looked up from the table where he sat.

"With every addition of a new victim, you grew in wickedness," one woman told Kelly, per NYT. "You used your fame and power to groom and coach underage boys and girls for your own sexual gratification."

Kelly reportedly glanced up at her once before quickly looking down. "I pray that God reaches your soul," she declared.

Many of the women were emotional, according to theChicago Tribune.

During the six-week trial, a jury heard graphic testimony from 11 accusers — nine women and two men — who described sexual and psychological abuse at the hands of the "Ignition" singer. The case hinged on the accounts of six victims, five of whom testified. The sixth, singer Aaliyah, whom Kelly illegally wed when she was 15, died in a plane crash in 2001.

Kelly, with the help of his inner circle, used his fame and status to prey on children and young women for his own sexual gratification. The government pushed for a sentence "in excess" of 25 years because his crimes fell within the following four categories: enticement of children; the sexual exploitation of children through the production of child pornography; forced labor; and exposing others to incurable communicable disease (genital herpes) through unprotected sexual intercourse as Kelly didn't disclose his status.

"He lured young girls and boys into his orbit, often through empty or conditioned promises of assistance in developing a career in the entertainment industry or simply by playing into the minors' understandable desire to meet and spend time with a popular celebrity," federal prosecutors wrote in their sentencing letter.

"Through his actions, [Kelly] exhibited a callous disregard for the very real effects that his crimes had on his victims and has shown no remorse for any of his conduct. Indeed, the defendant's decades of crime appear to have been fueled by narcissism and a belief that his musical talent absolved him of any need to conform his conduct," the government added.

Kelly hired new counsel after his conviction. Jennifer Bonjean successfully got Bill Cosby's sex assault conviction overturned last year. Earlier, Judge Donnelly denied the defense's motion for an acquittal and new trial. Bonjean will likely appeal.

Among those who wrote letters of support for Kelly was Joycelyn Savage, who says she's Kelly's fiancée. Savage's parents have spoken outthat they believe she's still brainwashed, even with the singer behind bars.

"Robert and I are deeply in love and it breaks my heart that the government has created a narrative that I'm a victim," she wrote in the letter, adding Kelly is "a great man, with a great heart and deserves to be home with his loved ones who are ready to support him."

Kelly has been behind bars since July 2019. He'll likely be transferred to Chicago later this summer where he faces federal child pornography and obstruction charges. The singer faces additional charges in the state courts of Illinois plus Minnesota for sexual misconduct.

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