Embattled American R&B star, Robert Sylvester, popularly known as R. Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for racketeering and other crimes.
The 55-year-old who has been in police detention since his arrest in 2019, was sentenced by a federal judge on Wednesday, June 29, in Brooklyn, New York.
Judge Ann Donnelly sentenced Mr. Kelly to 30 years imprisonment and an additional five years of supervised release and a $100,000 fine — during a hearing where seven of his victims spoke about s#ffering under his control.
He was found guilty in September of racketeering and s#x trafficking charges stemming from a decades-long practice of recruiting and grooming girls and young women for illegal s#x.
Donnelly c@ndemned Kelly for the “serial r@pe and s#xual ab#se” he perpetrated on his victims.
“These crimes were calculated and carefully planned and regularly executed for almost 25 years. You taught them that love is ensl@vement and vi@lence These victims were disposable to you, and you left in your wake a trail of broken lies,” the judge said.