Prosecutors want R Kelly to serve over 25 years jail, Internet says ‘he deserves a 100!’
Federal prosecutors on Wednesday, June 8, said that disgraced R&B singer R Kelly deserves to spend more than 25 years in prison after being convicted of sex trafficking. They urged District Judge Ann M Donnelly to make that sentence close to an effective life sentence for the 55-year-old singer. They stressed on the gravity of his crimes and how long he escaped the consequences for them.
Federal prosecutors wrote in a letter to the judge, "Kelly exploited his stardom and wealth over a quarter century to lure women and underage girls for sex. Indeed, the defendant's decades of crime appear to have been fueled by narcissism and a belief that his musical talent absolved him of any need to conform his conduct - no matter how predatory, harmful, humiliating or abusive to others - to the strictures of the law."
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They further wrote, "Put simply, the defendant’s crimes were calculated, methodical, and part a long-standing pattern 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, and then to exploit them for his personal gain and sexual gratification. The government has little doubt that if afforded an opportunity to offend again, the defendant would do so."
Celebrity defense attorney Jennifer Bonjean, who has represented personalities like Bill Cosby, has taken the case; while Kelly plans to appeal the verdict, but not before he’s sentenced on June 29. The sentencing was scheduled for June 15, but it got moved to June 29 because the defense attorney said she was struggling to meet with Kelly in a federal lockup due to Covid-19 restrictions, Law & Crime reported. She also said she needed additional time for mitigation experts to properly examine the matter.
On the other hand, netizens are trolling the singer really hard. One said, "He deserves a century." Another said, "I always wonder what is enough a sentence. No sentence will undo the crimes nor heal the wounds. 25 years seems like little considering his victims have a lot more to survive." While a user commenting on his fans, wrote, "If you still support R Kelly you are the worst and the bottom of the barrel. I hope I never encounter supporters of his. They are trash." Another social media user said: "He might as well call the penitentiary home because he ain’t never getting out
He deserves a century.— Zen (@legaldisclaimer) June 9, 2022
I always wonder what is enough a sentence. No sentence will undo the crimes nor heal the wounds. 25 years seems like little considering his victims have a lot more to survive.#Justice #RKelly #verdict #life https://t.co/YhcDEgXORH— Maria ☀️🌷🌍💛📚✒ (@QviDeMar) June 9, 2022
If you still support R Kelly you are the worst and the bottom of the barrel. I hope I never encounter supporters of his. They are trash.— sara (@LaBellaDonna95) June 9, 2022
He might as well call the penitentiary home because he ain’t never getting out— Jovon (@Jovon9999) June 9, 2022
Guilty of 'sexual abuse'
After decades of accusations of sexual misconduct, the singer was convicted last year in September on nine counts related to accusations that the singer orchestrated a long-running scheme to recruit and abuse women and underage girls.
Among those allegations, jurors heard testimony about a fraudulent marriage scheme hatched to protect Kelly after he impregnated R&B phenom Aaliyah in 1994 when she was 15. They were married using a license falsely listing her age as 18, he was 27 at the time. Aaliyah worked with the singer, who wrote and produced her 1994 debut album, 'Age Ain't Nothing But A Number.' She died in a plane crash in 2001 at age 22.