Singer R. Kelly receives a 30-year jail term
R. Kelly, the infamous R&B singer, was given a 30 years sentence in jail on Wednesday.
Federal Judge Ann Donnelly in New York City delivered lengthy remarks before handing down the punishment. A lady identified in court documents as Stephanie told Kelly, “No price was too high for someone else to pay for your happiness.” according to a victim impact statement given by the prosecutor.
The judge ruled that sexual orientation was irrelevant to the matter at hand. “It is about violence, cruelty and control.” she said.
Donnelly agreed with several of the defense’s allegations, such as Kelly’s rough upbringing and the fact that he was sexually abused as a youngster by his sister and a landlord. “You are a person who had great advantages,” she said, “worldwide fame and celebrity, untold money.”
Kelly did not want to make an appearance in court and hence did not make any statements. His attorney mentioned two instances that have still to be resolved: a second federal trial in Illinois (which is set to begin on August 15) and criminal charges in Minnesota. Child pornography and obstruction of justice are among the accusations.
Kelly was convicted guilty of many crimes, including those of child sexual abuse, racketeering, bribery, and sex trafficking, in 2017. The jury decided the prosecution had presented enough evidence to show Kelly was the leader of a criminal conspiracy to force minors and adults into sexual activity.
During the course of the weekslong trial, many victims formed a pattern in which they would see Kelly at a performance or in public, and an accomplice of Kelly’s would then provide them a phone number. They would then be drawn into a web of sexual and mental torture. Kelley coerced his victims into sexual actions for his own pleasure (which he often filmed). He restricted his victims’ freedom of movement and communication with others. And he made them either put pen to paper or camera to face in order to prove they were acting freely.
Seven women spoke to the judge privately before Kelly’s sentence was read, sharing their experiences with sexual abuse at Kelly’s hands. Kelly never once looked at his alleged victims.
We will be able to live again,” a witness named Angela stated.
She ended by saying, “I am a representation of every woman, boy, child, man that you have ever afflicted with your deplorable, inexplicable acts, and with that I leave you with yourself, Robert Sylvester Kelly.”
Another woman who testified against Kelly was referred to in court documents as “Jane Doe 2,” and she spoke of suffering from despair and stress because of his abuse. After Kelly whispered to his lawyer, she waited to get his attention. When asked how she felt, “I’m sorry,” she said. “I don’t want to interrupt his conversation.”
Father of another lady named Charles says sadly, “So many people love you and they hate us.” Noting that Kelly had shown no remorse, he said so. Kelly was persuaded by Charles to come clean and seek God’s forgiveness.