R. KellyWednesday’s sentence was for racketeering in New York and sex traficking in New York Federal Court. After a six-week trial, the 55-year-old singer was found guilty of all nine charges on the verdict sheet in September.
The racketeering charge was predicated on criminal acts that included sexual exploitation of children, forced labor and violations of the Mann Act — a federal law that criminalizes transporting people between states to facilitate sex crimes, according to a Press release from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.
Kelly received a mandatory minimum sentence that included 10 years imprisonment, and possibly life imprisonment.
Many of his young victims provided impact statements to the court prior to sentencing.
“You used your fame and power to groom and coach underage boys and girls for your own sexual gratification,”One woman spoke up.
Gloria Allred, Attorney, represents many victims.
“No one can undo the harm that has been done to these victims. But at least it’s time for Mr. Kelly to be accountable,”Allred stated.
R. Kelly’s attorney says this is not the end of the road.
“We are really looking forward to the appeal, that’s what I can say. We believe that we have excellent arguments on appeal, and that the court of appeals will ultimately determine that this case was overcharged,”She spoke.
Inside Edition also interviewed Asanta McGee who was briefly a friend of Kelly before her disappearance. She said that healing was a slow process.
“I walk into an establishment, if I hear his voice, I don’t run like I used to. I don’t tense up the way I used to. So, I’m healing slowly but surely,” McGee said.
Kelly also faces a federal trial on child pornography charges in Chicago, along with state sex offense charges in Illinois and Minnesota.