R Kelly sentenced to 30 years:
R Kelly was convicted of racketeering and sex trafficking and was just sentenced to 30 years in prison. R Kelly did not address the court during the sentencing. District Judge An Donnelly ordered R. Kelly to pay a $100,000 fine.
The victims were in attendance holding hands to witness R Kelly’s fate. R Kelly had no reaction when the Judge finally told him 30 years.
“Although sex was certainly a weapon that you used, this is not a case about sex. “It’s a case about violence, cruelty, and control”. This was Judge Donnelly speaking to him.
R Kelly’s lawyer Jennifer Bonjean made a statement saying they are looking forward to the appeal.
“30 years is like life for him,” Jennifer said. She also wanted to make it clear that he is “not a predator”.
U.S. Attorney speaks out:
This is a huge outcome for the victims of R. Kelly said U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Breon Peace. Peace stated about R. Kelly, “preyed upon children and young women…for decades. He would force victims, including minors to be in porno films which R. Kelly produced and directed”. He went on “The sentence shows that the witnesses reclaim control over their lives. This is a victory for them. It doesn’t matter how powerful…justice only hears the truth”.
Victims give statements:
During the sentencing hearing, 7 of the victims gave statements. One woman stated, “You made me do things that broke my spirit. I literally wished I would die because of how low you made me feel. Do you remember that”?
Another woman came out and said it gave her faith back in the legal system. “I once lost hope. But you restored my faith”. The woman said that R. Kelly victimized her at a concert when she was only 17. “I was afraid, naive, and didn’t know to handle the situation”. That is the reason why she didn’t speak up at the time.
R. Kelly is officially convicted on 1 count of racketeering. On top of the 1 count of racketeering, there are 14 other underlying charges. Also, he is convicted of 8 violations of the Mann Act. It is illegal to transport people across states for “immoral reasons”.
Finally, after 6 weeks the trial has come to a conclusion.