Famous singer, R. Kelly, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for recruiting and trapping women and teenagers for sex.
Judge Ann Donnelly gave the judgement in the Brooklyn federal court almost a year after Kelly was convicted by a New York jury.
In a tweet, the US attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York said: “The verdict is in: R. Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years.”
The prosecutors had asked the court to put Kelly behind bars for a minimum of 25 years, saying he still “poses a serious danger to the public.”
Last September, the disgraced superstar was found guilty on all nine charges he faced, including the most serious of racketeering.
In their sentencing memo, the prosecutors wrote: “His actions were brazen, manipulative, controlling and coercive. He has shown no remorse or respect for the law.”
Kelly’s lawyers requested a lighter sentence with a maximum sentence of approximately 17 years.
The sentence came just after a month before jury selection is due to commence in Kelly’s different, long-delayed federal trial in Chicago on August 15.
In the different case, Kelly and two of his former associates are alleged to have rigged Kelly’s 2008 pornography trial and covered years of sexual abuse of minors.
Also, Kelly is facing prosecution in two other state jurisdictions.