On February 23, 2023, R. Kelly was sentenced to twenty years in jail by an Illinois decide for “sexual exploitation and enticement of a minor,” though 19 years of that sentence would run concurrent to the 30 years he was already serving for his convictions in New York, per NBC Information. The final 12 months of his new sentence was set to run consecutive to his earlier sentence. In all, Kelly was given one further 12 months behind bars. Initially, prosecutors pushed to have the “Bump n’ Grind” singer serve 25 further years, as they labeled him “sadistic” and “a serial sexual predator.” U.S. District Choose Harry Leinenweber believed including a further 12 months — which might see Kelly launched across the age of 80 — was adequate.
One of many key witnesses within the conviction of Kelly in Illinois was a sufferer utilizing the pseudonym “Jane” who gave a robust testimony. “I’ve misplaced my desires to Robert Kelly … I’ve been completely scarred by Robert,” she stated in an announcement, per the Related Press.
Throughout sentencing, Kelly’s legal professional, Jennifer Bonjean, argued that her consumer was unfairly focused as a outstanding Black determine within the music business. In response to Bonjean, a number of white musicians had dedicated related crimes. “None have been prosecuted and none will die in jail,” she stated, per NPR. In the meantime, prosecutors needed the decide to return down onerous on the previous R&B artist. “Kelly’s sexual abuse of minors was intentional and prolific,” they argued whereas pushing for a consecutive sentence.
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