Federal prosecutors recommend that R. Kelly be sentenced to more than 25 years in prison

Federal prosecutors recommend that R. Kelly be sentenced to more than 25 years in prison

They also recommended that Kelly be fined between $50,000 and $250,000, according to the document.

Kelly, whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, was convicted in September of racketeering charges, including bribery and sexual exploitation of a child, and separate sex trafficking charges.
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In their filing this week, prosecutors argued that Kelly showed no remorse for what he had done and that his actions were fueled by the belief that his “musical talent absolved him of any need to conform to his conduct – whether predatory, harmful, humiliating or abusive towards others – to the restrictions of the law.”

CNN has reached out to Kelly’s attorney for comment.

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The lengthy recommendation offered by the government is necessary to deter others from engaging in similar conduct, prosecutors said Wednesday.

“While the government doubts that the accused will be deterred, a long prison sentence will serve to deter others – including those with the wealth, fame and inordinate power that such status brings – from engaging in similar crimes,” the memorandum reads.

“This is particularly the case given the notoriety of the defendant and the likelihood that the length of his sentence will be widely publicized,” he added.

R. Kelly found guilty of racketeering and sex trafficking by federal jury in New York
In his federal case, Kelly was found guilty of all nine counts he faced – one count of racketeering, with 14 underlying acts including sexual exploitation of a child, kidnapping, bribery wine and sex trafficking charges — and eight counts of violating the Mann Act, which prohibits sex trafficking across state lines.

Of the 14 acts underlying the charge of racketeering, he had to be found guilty of at least two acts to be found guilty on that count. Jurors found that prosecutors had proven all but two of the 14 underlying racketeering acts.

Kelly is scheduled to be sentenced on June 29 in the Eastern District of New York.

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