R. Kelly, the disgraced R&B singer who was found guilty in New York City in September on nine counts of racketeering and sex trafficking, will spend the next 30 years in prison.
The sentence was handed down in a Brooklyn courtroom On Wednesday, June 29.
Prosecutors in the case had requested a term of more than 25 years, claiming that the singer exploited his celebrity and wealth to entice women, as well as underage girls and boys, for sex.
The trial was originally planned for May 5th, however, it was postponed.
“The public must be protected from behaviors like this,” Judge Donnelly said to kelly as she hands his sentencing. “These crimes were calculated and carefully planned and regularly executed for almost 25 years,” she continued. You taught [your victims] that love is enslavement and violence .”
Kelly declined to make a statement in court before his sentence was handed down.
His trial in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois begins on August 1.