R&B star R Kelly sentenced to 30 years in prison
RnB singer R Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for federal racketeering and sex trafficking charges.
The singer allegedly used his fame to sexually abuse young fans, including some who were just children, in a systematic scheme that went on for decades.
A New York jury had earlier convicted the pop star of up to eight counts of sex trafficking amongst other criminal offences.
The 55-year-old RnB singer will spend at least 10 years in prison, with the maximum being 25 years behind bars as proposed by some of the prosecutors.
The singer known for the hit song ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ was found to have been the mastermind of a violent scheme to lure women and children for him to sexually abuse. He is said to be behind the trafficking of women between different US states, assisted by managers, security guards and other entourage members for over two decades.
The prosecutors said the singer showed disregard for his victims and showed them no mercy.
“Indeed, the defendant’s decades of crime appear to have been fueled by narcissism and a belief that his musical talent absolved him of any need to conform his conduct – no matter how predatory, harmful, humiliating or abusive to others – to the strictures of the law,” they said.
R Kelly is also expected to face charges for illegally obtaining paperwork to marry the late singer Aaliyah when she was 15 years back in 1994.
By Stella Anyango