R. Kelly’s Sex Abuse Conviction Carries A Minimum Sentence Of 30 Years In Prison!

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N.Y.C. – United States District Judge Ann M. Donnelly handed down the 30-year sentence on June 29 to Robert Sylvester Kelly, better known by his stage name, “R. Kelly,” an R&B singer.

Six weeks of trial later, on September 27, 2021, a federal jury in Brooklyn found Kelly guilty on all nine counts of a superseding indictment charging him with racketeering based on criminal conduct including sexual exploitation of children,

forced labor, and Mann Act violations involving the coercion and transportation of women and girls in interstate commerce to engage in illegal sexual activity.

The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Breon Peace and Acting HSI Executive Associate Director Steve K. Francis.

“R. Kelly “used his fame, fortune, and enablers to prey on the young, the vulnerable, and the voiceless for his own sexual gratification, while many turned a blind eye,” said U.S. Attorney Peace.

Kelly has shown no remorse for his actions and has shown a callous disregard for the impact of his crimes on his victims.

For decades, he abused, exploited, and degraded teenagers and other vulnerable young people, and he has now been appropriately punished for his crimes.

The victims, especially those who testified bravely at trial, deserve to have their voices heard, and their lives matter, and we hope that today’s sentence will go some way toward providing them with that.”

R. Kelly, It Is Claimed, Escaped From Jail

Disgraced R&B singer R. Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison for sex trafficking and racketeering, but many believe he escaped from a federal prison in Brooklyn just days after his sentencing.

“BREAKING: It was reported earlier today that singer #rkelly has escaped his New York prison only a day after being sentenced for s*x trafficking,” reads the caption of an Instagram post from July 2.

R. Kelly, It Is Claimed, Escaped From Jail

Prison officials were able to confirm R. Kelly’s escape via security footage of the area beneath the prison grounds late in the afternoon, hours after the star was rumored to have gone missing this morning.

There is a mugshot of Kelly and a photo of a prison tunnel with the ABC News logo and the word “exclusive” written on it. The number of likes on the post quickly surpassed 50,000 in less than a week.

Similar versions of the claim have been shared widely on Facebook and Twitter.

Unfortunately, there was no waR. Kelly is still incarcerated.y out. ABC News, along with other media, and law enforcement, have not reported that Kelly has escaped.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Kelly was scheduled to transfer to a detention facility in Chicago on July 12.

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R. Kelly Is Still Incarcerated

The singer, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, is listed in the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ inmate database as currently being housed at the Chicago Metropolitan Correctional Center.

R. Kelly Is Still Incarcerated

For example, “Robert Sylveste Kelly” is a 55-year-old Black man who is recorded in the database.

Kelly’s escape was not reported or commented on by the Brooklyn Detention Center. Due to his upcoming second federal trial on August 15, he was moved from Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center to Chicago’s Cook County Jail on July 12.

The picture next to Kelly’s mugshot appears to have come from a 2015 ABC News report on a prison break at the Clinton Correctional Facility in New York.

Kelly’s Conviction

Kelly was found guilty of numerous crimes, including sex trafficking, racketeering, bribery, and the sexual exploitation of a minor, in 2017.

The jury decided that the government had presented enough evidence to show that Kelly was the leader of a criminal conspiracy to lure minors and force them to engage in sexual activity.

Multiple victims testified during the trial’s several weeks, establishing a pattern in which they would see Kelly at a show or out in public, and an associate of Kelly’s would then hand them a phone number to call.

Once there, they would be sucked into a network of sexual and mental abuse. For Kelly’s own gratification, he made his victims engage in sexual acts against their will.

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He restricted his victims’ freedom of movement and contact with the outside world by instituting a series of rules. He also made them publicly declare that they were acting entirely of their own volition by having them write letters or record videos.

Kelly’s Defense Lawyer Promises An Appeal

Kelly's Defense Lawyer Promises An Appeal

Attorney Jennifer Bonjean said of her client Kelly, “Obviously he’s devastated,” as they left the courthouse.

“A sentence of thirty years would be equivalent to a life sentence for him, but we were aware that the government was only asking for twenty-five.

Whatever the judge decides to impose, we were ready for it, and we’re ready to fight this appeal, too.”

The Victims’ Voices Were Heard

U.S. Attorney Breon Peace stated after the sentencing hearing that the case meant the “voices of mostly Black and brown women and children… were heard and believed, and for [them] justice was finally achieved.”

The multi-platinum singer has been accused of wrongdoing for decades, culminating in this sentencing. He was tried for child pornography in a court in Chicago in 2008. None of the charges against him were upheld.

The victims' Voices Were Heard

Kelly’s life as a superstar continued from there, as he toured the world and sold out arenas wherever he went.

The 2019 TV docuseries Surviving R. Kelly brought renewed attention to the sexual abuse allegations against Kelly and gave a sustained push to the activists who had been pushing for Kelly to be pulled off the airwaves and stages.

After R. Kelly was sentenced, accuser Jovante Cunningham, who was featured in the documentary Surviving R. Kelly, said, “In all my years, this is the first time I have ever had faith that the law would ultimately protect girls of color like me. He did this for 30 years, so that’s the length of time he got.”

Last Words

Seven women gave statements to the judge about Kelly and the abuse they endured from him before his sentence was announced. Kelly never looked at his accusers directly.

A woman in court who gave her name only as Angela said, “We will be able to live again.”

She told Robert Sylvester Kelly, “I am a representation of every woman, boy, child, a man that you have ever afflicted with your deplorable, inexplicable acts, and with that, I leave you with yourself.”

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Karan Siradi

I am an author and a public speaker. I was born in India and have travelled to many different countries. I have a masters in public communication from California University and I love to write about famous peoples from different industries.

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