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R. Kelly should get over 25 years in prison for sex crimes: Feds

R. Kelly should get over 25 years in prison for sex crimes: Feds

Federal prosecutors want R&B singer and convicted sex offender R. Kelly to remain in prison for more than 25 years, according to a court filing Thursday.

Kelly, who is due to be sentenced on June 29, was convicted last September of sexually abusing women, boys and girls for decades. He was found guilty on all nine charges brought against him in the sex trafficking trial.

“Given the seriousness of the offences, the need for specific deterrence and the need to protect the public from further crimes by the accused…the government respectfully submits that a sentence of more than 25 years is warranted “said the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York wrote to the judge on the case.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office has blasted the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer for “reliant on his fame, money, and popularity as an R&B star…to both carry and cover up his crimes” because he received immense help from its vast network of associates.

“He pursued his crimes and avoided punishment for almost 30 years and must now be held accountable.”

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R. Kelly was convicted last September of sexually abusing women, boys and girls for decades.
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The 31-page dossier delves into the “ruthless disregard” he showed his victims over his decades of sexual abuse and exploitation, warning that Kelly “is unlikely to be deterred from abusing and sexually exploit children and others”.

The feds noted that if they got their wish, Kelly would be 70 when he gets out of prison.

During the trial, the government called 45 witnesses to detail the horrors that Kelly, whose full name is Robert Kelly, inflicted on his victims.

Federal authorities also said the artist behind the hit song “Ignition” showed “no remorse for any of his conduct.”

“Indeed, the defendant’s decades of crime appear to have been fueled by narcissism and the belief that his musical talent absolved him of any need to conform his conduct – however predatory, harmful, humiliating or abusive towards others – to restrictions of the law,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Kelly faces other criminal charges outside of New York.

State prosecutors in Minnesota charged him with engaging in prostitution with a minor, and federal prosecutors in Illinois charged him with child pornography and obstruction.

Jennifer Bonjean, Kelly’s lawyer, argued that he should be sentenced to less than 14 years in prison. She plans to explain why her “history and characteristics” warrant the shorter sentence in a filing next Monday.

Bonjean in April tried to delay sentencing until he was tried in Illinois, which is scheduled for August.

With post wires

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