Federal prosecutors, in a letter on Monday, said they “vigorously oppose” R. Kelly’s attempt to extend the sentencing date for his New York sex trafficking convictions.
In their letter to Brooklyn federal court judge Ann Donnelly, prosecutors argued that R. Kelly’s victims “waited years” to see the disgraced R&B singer “held accountable” and sentenced.
The pointed remarks came in response to a motion filed last Tuesday by Kelly’s new lawyer, Jennifer Ann Bonjean – asking Donnelly to delay the singer’s scheduled May 4 sentencing until he stands trial separately in the Illinois in August on federal charges of child pornography and obstruction.
Bonjean, in his application, expressed concern that comments made by R. Kelly during his sentencing hearing could be used against him in his Illinois case, according to the letter.
The lawyer wrote that she “cannot advise Mr. Kelly to be interviewed or questioned by a mitigation expert for sentencing in this case if his words could be used against him in any way. another in his ongoing NDIL lawsuit,” the letter reads.
But prosecutors dismissed his argument, calling it a “speculative concern.” They argued that this “tested credibility” since Kelly “has essentially challenged every aspect of his conviction as set forth in his post-trial motions” and will likely appeal, according to the letter.
Prosecutors added that they would not share any such mitigating reports with prosecutors in the Northern District of Illinois and would “welcome a court order further barring such disclosure.”
“As proven at trial, the defendant engaged in large-scale and extensive criminal acts, involving multiple victims, with impunity for decades,” prosecutors wrote in the letter. “His victims have waited years to see the defendant held accountable and convicted for his crimes.”
They said many victims had already planned to travel to New York for sentencing on May 4.
Kelly, 54, was found guilty in September of the nine counts against him – including racketeering and violations of the Mann Act, which prohibits the transportation of ‘any woman or girl’ across US borders. state for “immoral purposes”.
He faces 10 years to life in prison.
New York Post