A New York judge sentenced singer R. Kelly to 30 years in prison after he was convicted of sex trafficking and racketeering.
Judge Ann M. Donnelly, who presided over the six-week long trial last year in Brooklyn, New York, announced the singer’s sentence Wednesday after hearing statements from Kelly’s accusers. Kelly, born Robert Sylvester Kelly, was also ordered to pay a $100,000 fine. Kelly did not address the court.
A jury of seven men and five women found the 55-year-old guilty on Sept. 27, after just two days of deliberations. At the time, Kelly remained motionless with his eyes downcast as the verdict was read. The charges were based on an argument that Kelly’s entourage of managers and aides helped the singer meet girls and keep them obedient and quiet. These actions amounted to a criminal enterprise under federal laws, according to U.S. attorneys. Kelly was also convicted of criminal counts accusing him of violating the Mann Act, which makes it illegal to take anyone across state lines “for any immoral purpose.”
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