World-famous US singer R. Kelly, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for sexual misconduct allegations, racketeering, and other crimes
The sentencing in Brooklyn Federal Court marks the culmination of an extraordinary downfall for Kelly, 55, from a superstar hitmaker who was known as the king of R&B, to a shunned artist whose musical legacy has become inextricable from his abuses.
Judge Ann M. Donnelly handed down Kelly’s sentence on Wednesday, despite the defence lawyers’ request for a sentence of 10 years or less. Prosecutors had asked for at least 25 years.
Judge Donnelly told Kelly he created ‘a trail of broken lives,’ adding that ‘the most seasoned investigators will not forget the horrors your victims endured.’
“These crimes were calculated and carefully planned and regularly executed for almost 25 years,” she said. “You taught them that love is enslavement and violence.”
He was also was ordered to pay a $100,000 fine.