Update: (Feb. 23, 2023): New details have surfaced surrounding R. Kelly’s federal child-offense case.
R. Kelly was sentenced today (Feb. 23) to 20 years in prison in a Chicago federal courtroom on charges of child pornography and enticement of a minor.
As you may recall, the “I’m A Flirt” singer is already serving a 30-year prison term for his 2021 conviction on racketeering and sex trafficking charges in a New York federal court.
Thankfully for R. Kelly, US District Judge Harry D. Leinenweber reportedly said in court that 19 years of the 20-year prison sentence would be served concurrently (at the same time) as his other sentence. However, one year would be served consecutively — after that sentence is complete. This means that R. Kelly was able to avoid being behind bars for 5 decades and instead faces 31 years in federal prison.
Original story: (Feb. 23, 2023): R&B songster R. Kelly will learn the fate of his future behind bars on Thursday (Feb. 23).
According to reports, R. Kelly is finally scheduled to receive his sentencing for the slew of charges in his federal child-offense case.
In September 2022, 56-year-old R. Kelly was convicted on three counts of production of child pornography and three counts of enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity.
Earlier this month, Kelly’s attorneys filed a motion for a new trial, arguing that one of the prosecution’s witnesses had lied under oath. However, just last week, the “It Seems Like You Ready” crooner’s request was denied.
At this moment, Kelly is serving a 30-year term for his 2021 indictment of racketeering and sex trafficking. In addition to that, he’s now up against the officials’ petition for the judge to slap 25 years onto his (already) extensive prison time, which would be ordered to complete after the duration of his current incarceration.
Although Kelly’s minimum is 10 years, prosecutors (seemingly) indicated that his lack of accountability called for more severe punishment. In recent court documents, they wrote:
“Robert Kelly is a serial sexual predator who, over the course of many years, specifically targeted young girls and went to great lengths to conceal his abuse of Jane and other minor victims. To this day, and even following the jury verdict against him, Kelly refuses to accept responsibility for his crimes.”
However, Kelly’s defense expressed that whatever the outcome of their client’s case is, it should be implemented in his present jail run.
When speaking of the “unlikeliness” that Kelly, who (if given the additional 25 years) wouldn’t see the light of day until his 80s, suggested that he would be no threat to society at that age.
“In the unlikely event that Kelly was to survive his 30-year sentence, there is no reason to believe he would reoffend as a geriatric in his mid-80s. The overwhelming majority of Kelly’s criminal conduct was committed a quarter century ago.”
Once at the pinnacle of the music industry, a uber-successful Kelly fell from his rise to stardom after a number of sexual abuse accusations came to the forefront. Allegedly, over the span of decades, the Chicago native had been intimately inappropriate with various underage girls. He notoriously came under fire in the early 2000s, after a leaked home video of Kelly and a 14-year-old female hit the media.
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