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R. Kelly Lawyers Seek 10-Year Mandatory Minimum Sentence in NYC Sex Trafficking Conviction

CHICAGO (SCS) — Disgraced R&B singer R. Kelly is asking for clemency ahead of his sentencing hearing in New York later this month.

Kelly’s attorneys have asked a federal judge to sentence him to the mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years for his conviction on racketeering and other charges following his conviction last year at a sex trafficking trial in Brooklyn.

The document was filed under seal, so the details of Kelly’s pleas for clemency are not publicly available, but a judge could unseal the document before Kelly is sentenced.

Earlier this month, federal prosecutors asked the judge to sentence Kelly, 55, to at least 25 years in prison.

Several accusers testified in grim detail during the trial, alleging that Kelly subjected his victims to perverted and sadistic tantrums when they were underage.

Kelly used his “fame, money and popularity” to systematically “prey on children and young women for his own sexual gratification,” prosecutors wrote in the filing.

“He pursued his crimes and avoided punishment for them for nearly 30 years and must now be held accountable,” prosecutors wrote.

Among multiple sordid allegations, jurors heard testimony about a fraudulent marriage scheme designed to protect Kelly after he feared he impregnated R&B phenomenon Aaliyah in 1994 when she was just 15. like 18; he was 27 at the time.

Aaliyah worked with Kelly, who wrote and produced her 1994 debut album, ‘Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number’. She died in a plane crash in 2001 at the age of 22.

Kelly’s sentencing is set for June 29.

He also faces a trial for child pornography and obstruction of justice in federal court in Chicago, starting August 1.

Federal charges against Kelly in Chicago accuse him of filming himself having sex with underage girls, paying silent money and intimidating witnesses to cover up his crimes.

He also faces multiple charges of sexual assault and sexual abuse in Cook County. The first of these trials has been repeatedly delayed due to the pandemic.

He also faces child prostitution charges in Minnesota.


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