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R Kelly sentenced to 30 years in jail for trafficking, federal racketeering

R&B singer, R. Kelly, on Wednesday, was sentenced to 30 years in prison. This follows his conviction last year on federal racketeering a...


R&B singer, R. Kelly, on Wednesday, was sentenced to 30 years in prison.


This follows his conviction last year on federal racketeering and s-x trafficking charges.


Kelly is accused of using his fame to ensnare victims he s-xually abused.


Prosecutors had asked the judge to sentence the 55-year-old to more than 25 years behind bars, while his defense attorneys asked for 10 or fewer, saying prosecutors’ request was “tantamount to a life sentence.”


Last September, a jury convicted Kelly on nine counts, including one charge of racketeering and eight counts of violations of the Mann Act, a s-x trafficking law.


Prosecutors from the Eastern District of New York accused Kelly of using his status as a celebrity and a “network of people at his disposal to target girls, boys and young women for his own s-xual gratification.”


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