R. Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison following his conviction last year. The charges include racketeering and sex trafficking charges, all being done from the strength of his notarity and fame to lure his victims.
During his trial, prosecutors asked the judge to proscute Kelly to the maximum extent of more than 25 years of time. His defense attorneys asked for under ten before the discussion was made. The Survivors of Kelly’s abuse attended the trial and prayed for an outcome in their favor.
The Court Judge Ann Donnelly began reading his sentence taking Robert’s own traummatic childhood into account:
“It may explain, at least in part, what led to your behavior,” the judge continued, “It most surely is not an excuse.”
According to the singeres attorney, he has been sexually abused by a family member and a landlord at a young age.
Last September, the selected jury convicted the singer on a racketeering charge and the violation of the Mann Act, which is part of the law that involves sex trafficking.
The trial ran its course for the span of 5 weeks in Brooklyn. With the help of testimonies from witnesses and victims of Kelly’s abuse. Along with victums, individuals involved in the 1994 marriage of R&B singer Aaliyah when she was 15 years old also came forward to speak on their experience.
Kelly’s attorney, Jennifer Bonjean, said he would not address the court, pointing to the other criminal case faced by Kelly.
It’s been about nine months since the singer’s conviction. During his time in the big house, Kelly has managed to replace his entire legal team with Bonjean, the attorney who assisted with Bill Cosby’s conviction being overturned.