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R. Kelly should get more than 25 years in prison for sex crimes: federal authorities

Federal prosecutors want R&B singer and convicted sex offender R. Kelly to serve more than 25 years in prison, according to a legal filing filed Thursday.

Kelly, who is due to be sentenced on June 29, was found guilty last September of decades of sexually abusing women, boys and girls. He was found guilty on all nine counts in the sex trafficking trial.

“Given the seriousness of the crimes, the need for a special deterrent, and the need to protect the public from further crimes by the defendant … the government respectfully submits that a sentence in excess of 25 years is warranted,” the US Attorney’s Office said Eastern District of New York wrote to the judge in this case.

US prosecutors have blasted the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer for “relying on his fame, money, and popularity as an R&B recording star … to carry and hide his crimes” while committing immense crimes Received help from his large network of collaborators.

“He continued his crimes and avoided punishment for nearly 30 years and must now be held accountable.”

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R. Kelly was found guilty last September of decades of sexually abusing women, boys and girls.
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The 31-page filing addresses the “callous disregard” he showed his victims during his decades of abuse and sexual exploitation, and warns that Kelly “is unlikely to be dissuaded from sexually abusing and exploiting children and others.” “.

The Feds noted that if they got their wish, Kelly would be in their 70s by the time they got out of prison.

During the trial, the government called 45 witnesses to describe the horrors Kelly, whose full name was Robert Kelly, inflicted on his victims.

The Feds also said the artist behind hit song “Ignition” has “showed no remorse for any of his behavior.

“Indeed, the defendant’s decades-long crimes appear to have been fueled by narcissism and a belief that his musical talent absolved him of any need to conform his behavior — no matter how predatory, harmful, humiliating, or abusive to others — to the strict rules.” of the law to adapt law,” the US Attorney’s Office said.

Kelly faces additional criminal charges outside of New York.

Minnesota prosecutors charged him with prostitution with a minor, and state prosecutors in Illinois charged him with child pornography and disability.

Jennifer Bonjean, an attorney for Kelly, has argued that he should be sentenced to less than 14 years in prison. She plans to explain why his “history and characteristics” justify the shorter sentence in a filing next Monday.

Bonjean tried in April to delay sentencing until his Illinois trial, which is scheduled for August.

With mail wires

https://nypost.com/2022/06/08/r-kelly-should-get-more-than-25-years-in-prison-for-sex-crimes-feds/ R. Kelly should get more than 25 years in prison for sex crimes: federal authorities

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