Disgraced R&B superstar R. Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years in prison on racketeering and sex trafficking charges.
The verdict comes nine months after a New York jury found him guilty on nine counts, including one charge of racketeering and eight counts of violations of the Mann Act, a sex trafficking law.
On Wednesday, June 29, U.S. District Court Judge Ann Donnelly handed down the sentence in a Brooklyn courtroom after several of Kelly’s victims angrily addressed the convicted sex offender at the hearing.
Meanwhile, Kelly’s defense team argued for the singer to receive the minimum sentence of 10 years or less, citing a “traumatic childhood involving severe, prolonged childhood sexual abuse, poverty, and violence.”
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