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JUST IN: Singer R. Kelly sentenced to 30 years in jail

The U.S singer R. Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for using his status to run a scheme to sexually abuse children and women.

JUST IN R.KELLY SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS BEHIND BARS

According to a report by BBC, the singer, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, was sentenced on Wednesday after he was convicted in September this year.

He was as also fined $100,000 (£82,525). R.Kelly currently faces separate criminal charges in three other cases.

He is known for hit songs like I Believe I Can Fly and Ignition.

THE SINGER IS KNOWN FOR HIT SONGS LIKE I BELIEVE I CAN FLY

It was found that he had used his celebrity status and sphere of influence to lure women and children into sexual abuse over two decades.

According to the report, the court also heard how R.Kelly had illegally obtained paperwork to marry singer Aaliyah when she was 15 in 1994, seven years before the singer died in a plane crash.

The report furthermore stated that federal prosecutors had recommended that R.Kelly be sentenced to more than 25 years in prison, given the seriousness of his crimes and “the need to protect the public from further crimes”.

But his lawyers called for a sentence of 10 years – the mandatory minimum for his conviction – or less.

JUST IN: Singer R. Kelly
Photo taken on 17 September, 2019 singer R. Kelly appears during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago, Illinois. – A US federal judge on 29 June, 2022 was set to sentence disgraced R&B singer R. Kelly nearly a year after he was convicted of leading a decades-long effort to recruit and trap teenagers and women for sex. Prosecutors have urged the court to put the “I Believe I Can Fly” artist behind bars for at least 25 years, saying he still “poses a serious danger to the public.” Photo: Antonio PEREZ / POOL / AFP

R.KELLY’S VICTIMS DELIVERED IMPACT STATEMENTS BEFORE HE WAS SENTENCED

Earlier on Wednesday, several of Kelly’s victims, including some who testified at his trial last year, are delivering impact statements before he is sentenced.

One of the victims, Angela, stood in court, looked directly at Kelly and called him a ‘Pied Piper’ who ‘lured children with his money and celebrity.’

“With every addition of a new victim, you grew in wickedness. You used your fame and power to groom and coach underage boys and girls for your own sexual gratification.

“Today, we reclaim our names. We are no longer the preyed-upon individuals we once were.

“I pray that God reaches your soul.”Angela

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