R. Kelly Sentenced To 30 Years In Prison For Sex Trafficking

R. Kelly, who has been accused of having sexual relationships with minors since the ’90s, is finally getting the punishment he deserves.

In September, Kelly was found guilty on nine charges, including one act of racketeering and eight counts of violating the Mann Act. He has now been sentenced to 30 years in prison for sex trafficking, sexual exploitation of a child, kidnapping, and various sex-related crimes.

Judge Ann M. Donnelly made the sentence official Wednesday, telling Kelly, “the public has to be protected from behaviors like this.”

“These crimes were calculated and carefully planned and regularly executed for almost 25 years,” Judge Donnelly continued. “You taught them that love is enslavement and violence.”

The R&B singer’s lawyers were aiming for the minimum of 10 years, claiming he had a traumatic upbringing and a “highly chaotic” childhood, but prosecutors fought for a minimum of 25 years.

The six-week trial saw 11 testimonies from nine women and two men who accused him of inapposite sexual relations. One woman said, “You used your fame and power to groom and coach underage boys and girls for your own sexual gratification.”

One of the victims who took the stand, Lizzette Martinez, said she felt the sentence was justified but added, “I personally don’t think it’s enough.”

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