Prosecutors Want R. Kelly to Receive More Than 25 Years In Prison

Filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, federal prosecutors in the R. Kelly trial are recommending a 25-plus-year sentence.

R. Kelly likely won’t be seeing freedom any time soon. Filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn on Wednesday, federal prosecutors involved in the singer’s case have recommended 25-plus-year sentence. In September, the singer – whose legal name is Robert Sylvester Kelly – was found guilty in all nine counts in his federal racketeering and sex trafficking case. With the trial being held for six weeks, 50 witnesses testified about their relationships and encounters with Kelly, some even claiming to be sexually abused by the singer.

Now, prosectors are saying that Kelly deserves to face his alleged exploitation and mistreatment of women throughout his career.

“Through his actions, the defendant exhibited a callous disregard for the very real effects that his crimes had on his victims and has shown no remorse for any of his conduct. 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.”

Prosecutors also claim that the singer is a high risk if he does not receive the 25-year sentencing.

“The government has little doubt that if afforded an opportunity to offend again, the defendant would do so,” prosecutors wrote. “He poses a serious danger to the public. His actions were brazen, manipulative, controlling and coercive. He has shown no remorse or respect for the law.”

Kelly’s attorney, Jennifer Bonjean, has not responded to the filing, but previously argued that the singer should receive 14 to 17-and-a-half years in prison. Although Bonjean plans to appeal his conviction, Kelly’s sentencing is scheduled for June 29. This summer, the singer will also have a trial in Chicago with charges over obstruction of justice and possession of child pornography.

Jaelani Turner-Williams

Jaelani Turner-Williams is a contributing news writer for Okayplayer with bylines at Billboard, MTV News, NYLON, Recording Academy and more. Read her mind on Twitter at @hernameisjae.

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