Singer, R. Kelly sentenced to 30 years in prison in sex trafficking case

 

Disgraced R&B star, R Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison months after he was convicted on all nine counts against him in a high-profile sex trafficking case.

 

Kelly, 55, was convicted on sex trafficking and racketeering charges last September following a six-week trial.

 

Judge Ann M. Donnelly on Wednesday, June 29, handed down Kelly’s sentence, despite the defense lawyers’ request for a sentence of 10 years or less. Prosecutors had asked for at least 25 years.

 

Judge Donnelly told Kelly he created ‘a trail of broken lives,’ adding that ‘the most seasoned investigators will not forget the horrors your victims endured.’

 

‘These crimes were calculated and carefully planned and regularly executed for almost 25 years,’ she said. ‘You taught them that love is enslavement and violence.’

 

Kelly, who declined to speak on Wednesday, learned his fate after his accusers told the court, through tears and anger, that he had preyed on them and misled his fans. He was also was ordered to pay a $100,000 fine.

 

Kelly has been detained at Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn since his trial. It has not been revealed where Kelly would spend his sentence.

Singer, R. Kelly sentenced to 30 years in prison in sex trafficking case Singer, R. Kelly sentenced to 30 years in prison in sex trafficking case