- Musician Robert Sylvester Kelly was in September 2021 convicted of child exploitation and racketeering by a Brooklyn Court
- Jurors in the singer's case concluded that he was guilty of all the counts brought before the court despite faulting prosecutors for failing to prove three sub-accusations related to a victim
- Prosecutors recommended a sentence of over 25 years, while R. Kelly's defence attorney said 14 to 17 years was appropriate
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American singer R. Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison after decades of sexual abuse allegations.
US District Judge Ann Donnelly passed down the sentence after listening to statements from seven victims in Brooklyn federal court.
Jurors had found the musician guilty of racketeering and violating the anti-sex trafficking law popularly known as the Mann Act.
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Last year, after a six-week trial that included testimony from 45 witnesses in a Brooklyn courtroom, a jury found him guilty of racketeering and violations of an anti-sex-trafficking law known as the Mann Act.
Power and fame
According to Daily Mail, one of R. Kelly's victims called out the R&B star in court for using his power and fame to groom children for his gratification.
Several of Kelly's victims, including some who testified at his trial last year, are delivering impact statements before he is sentenced.
A victim identified as Angela looked at the accused, calling him out for luring children with his celebrity status and money.
"With every addition of a new victim, you grew in wickedness. You used your fame and power to groom and coach underage boys and girls for your own sexual gratification. Today we reclaim our names. We are no longer the preyed-upon individuals we once were.'I pray that god reaches your soul."
R. Kelly's 30-year sentence causes stir on social media as some peeps call for the release of the 'Ignition' hitmaker
In more on this story, Briefly News previously reported that R. Kelly's fall from grace will go down in history as one of the most talked-about celebrity trials of all time. The award-winning singer and music producer has been in the headlines for the wrong reasons lately.
The star shot to the top of the Twitter trends after being sentenced to 30 years in jail for allegedly using his money and fame to lure young girls and abuse them.
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