Disgraced R&B singer R. Kelly sentenced to 30 years in prison!
NEW YORK (AP) — R. Kelly, who used music superstardom to subject young fans to systemic sexual abuse, sentenced to 30 years in prison. pic.twitter.com/dzOfD0eWdt— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) June 29, 2022
state lines for “immoral purposes,” a violation of the Mann Act.
Judge Ann Donnelly said while sentencing Kelly that ““the public has to be protected from behaviors like this.”
She asked him if he would like to make a statement, which he declined. “Yes your honor, that is my wish.”
Prosecutors sought at least 25 years behind bars for Kelly, saying that he is a predator who used his celebrity to entice women into sexualy trysts with him, then psychologically and physically abusing them for years.
During the sentencing hearing some of his victims were allowed to make statements and they each blasted him for his crimes.
“You made me do things that broke my spirit. I literally wished I would die because of how low you made me feel,” one woman said to him, according to the Associated Press. “Do you remember that?”
After the sentencing, Bonjean, who is expected to appeal, said that Kelly rejected being portrayed as a “monster.”
“He accepts that he is a flawed individual,” she said, “but he is not this one-dimensional monster that the government has portrayed and the media has portrayed.”
Kelly still faces state charges in Illinois and Minnesota, as well as more federal charges in Chicago. A trial there is set to begin on Aug. 15.[BET.com]