According to Maria More, federal prosecutors in New York want R Kelly to face a minimum of 25 years in prison for his 2021 sex trafficking and racketeering convictions. Billboard reports that prosecutors in New York told a judge yesterday that the 55-year-old singer avoided punishment for almost 30 years and must now be held accountable.
According to documents filed on Wednesday, the US attorney’s office in Brooklyn said they believe Kelly deserved to spend the rest of his life in prison because he will likely commit further crimes if set free.
The attorney’s office said the defendant’s crimes were methodical and calculated and part of the defendant’s long-standing history of using his platform as a larger-than-life musical persona, and his deep network, to gain access to teenagers, many of whom were particularly vulnerable. The minors were used for Kelly’s personal gain and sexual gratification.
Kelly’s sentencing will take place on June 29. More said, “Can you imagine him coming out in his 70s and still trying to get with teenagers?” said More.
Rickey smiley said Kelly’s love interests might not be teens; they will probably be in their late 40s at that point.