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R. Kelly sentenced to 30 years
2022-06-30

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On June 29, Chicago-born R&B superstar R. Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, The Chicago Tribune reported.

The sentence marked a fall from grace after decades of sexual-misconduct allegations.

The sentence was handed down after several women stood in the New York courtroom to speak about a seemingly endless pattern of trauma and abuse at the hands of Kelly.

Kelly's hearing took place nine months after the singer, 55, was convicted by a jury of racketeering conspiracy and eight other counts alleging he used his organization to lure and trap girls, boys and young women to his gratification.

Federal prosecutors asked U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly to sentence Kelly to at least 25 years in prison, saying his racketeering conviction was part of a "long and pervasive history of enticing children to engage in sexual activity."

Kelly is expected to be moved back to Chicago, where he faces another federal trial in August on child pornography and obstruction charges, CNN noted.

[UPDATE: The day after Kelly was sentenced to a 30-year prison term in New York, a different federal judge denied his request to dismiss several counts from his pending case in Chicago, The Chicago Tribune reported.]


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