A US federal choose on Wednesday was set to condemn disgraced R&B singer R. Kelly almost a yr after he was convicted of main a decades-long effort to recruit and entice youngsters and ladies for sexual abuse.
Prosecutors have urged the courtroom to place the “I Consider I Can Fly” artist behind bars for a minimum of 25 years, saying he nonetheless “poses a critical hazard to the general public.”
In September, a jury in Brooklyn federal courtroom discovered the fallen celebrity responsible on all 9 costs he confronted, together with essentially the most critical of racketeering.
“His actions had been brazen, manipulative, controlling and coercive. He has proven no regret or respect for the legislation,” prosecutors wrote of their sentencing memo.
“A prolonged sentence of imprisonment will serve to discourage others — together with these with wealth, fame and the outsized energy such standing brings — from partaking in comparable crimes,” they added.
The authorized staff representing the 55-year-old Kelly, who’s at present incarcerated in Brooklyn awaiting his destiny, have urged a lighter sentence with a most of roughly 17 years.
Jury choice in Kelly´s separate, long-delayed federal trial in Chicago is in the meantime scheduled to start August 15.
In that case, Kelly and two of his former associates are alleged to have rigged the singer´s 2008 pornography trial and hid years of sexual abuse of minors.
The musician who as soon as dominated R&B additionally faces prosecution in two different state jurisdictions. (AFP)