R Kelly trial in Chicago begins in August after a 30-year sentenced slammed on him in New York.
Survivors of Kelly’s abuse held hands and prayed as US District Court Judge Ann Donnelly began reading his sentence. Kelly appeared in a tan prison uniform, dark-rimmed glasses and a black mask at the hearing in federal court in Brooklyn.
“You left in your wake a trail of broken lives,” Donnelly told Kelly, whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly.
Jennifer Bonjean, R Kelly’s NY attorney included his abusive childhood as a defense. But the judge recognized it yet did not consider it. “It may explain, at least in part, what led to your behavior,” the judge said. “It most surely is not an excuse.”
The court also heard from people involved with orchestrating the disgraced R&B singer’s 1994 marriage to the late singer Aaliyah when she was just 15 years old and he was an adult after she believed she’d gotten pregnant.
Additionally, officials arrested Christopher Gunn. A Chicago man for threatening prosecutors. Gunn allegedly posted a video to his YouTube channel about storming the court.
Persecutors requested 25 plus years for the 55-year-old R&B singer. His attorney requested 10 years. However, the judge decided on 30 years.
The R Kelly trial attorney for Chicago, Steve Greenberg stated the 30-year sentence as unfair. Arguing the majority of women from New York as adults. Additionally, stating the voluntarily visited Robert Kelly as adults.
Since the R Kelly case in NY targeted racketeering more people should’ve been involved. Nevertheless, only R Kelly faced indictment. “In court they didn’t bring up any evidence that there was a group of people doing anything criminal”.
R Kelly Trial For Chicago On August 1st
But in Chicago “he has major problems”. The “Down Low” artist faces against dealing with underage victims in Chicago.
In Chicago, Kelly faces of years-long schemes to buy back sex tapes he allegedly made with underage girls. The five alleged victims were all underage when prosecutors said they had sex with Kelly in the late 1990s. Prosecutors also charged Kelly and two associates, including manager Derrel McDavid, with a decades-long conspiracy to silence victims and witnesses.
Victims include, Aaliyah, 15 Tiffany Hawkins, 15, plus another young girl caught on video. Along with 21 charges related to child pornography.