- Musician Robert Sylvester Kelly was in September 2021 convicted of child exploitation and racketeering by a Brooklyn Court
- Jurors in the singer's case concluded that he was guilty of all the counts brought before the court despite faulting prosecutors for failing to prove three sub-accusations related to a victim
- Prosecutors have now recommended a sentence of over 25 years, while R. Kelly's defence attorney said 14 to 17 years was appropriate
Federal prosecutors in a case against musician R. Kelly have proposed he should be sentenced to at least 25 years in prison.
The singer who was convicted in September 2021 of nine counts of racketeering, child trafficking and exploitation.
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According to Daily Mail, R. Kelly's case emanated from accusations by nine women and during the trial at least 45 people were called in to testify against the singer.
The prosecutors said he should be sentenced on June 29 to at least 25 years, and a fine of between KSh 5.8 million and KSh 29.2 million.
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14 to 17.5 years sentence
Kelly's lawyer, Jennifer Bonjean argued in her motion that the appropriate sentencing range was 14 to 17.5 years.
However, prosecutors pushed for a harsher sentence, insisting it was prudent due to the seriousness of the charges against her client.
"The government respectfully submits that a sentence in excess of 25 years is warranted," the prosecution stated.
"Today's verdict brings an end to Robert Kelly's decade-long reign of terror over many vulnerable girls, boys and young women," said Pete Fitzhugh, Special Agent in Charge for Homeland Security, CBS News reports.
There were up to 14 accusations levelled against him, 12 of which the prosecutors proved to have involved five victims among them late singer Aaliyah and other women named Stephanie, Jerhonda Pace, Jane and Faith.
Kelly is accused of trying to bribe a government official to help him marry Aaliyah when she was aged 15.
NPR reports that the testimonies about two other acts by a victim named Sonja were not proved.
Federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of New York were able to convince the jury composed of seven men and five women that Kelly had run a criminal enterprise that lured minors into his arms for intimacy.
R.Kelly appeals to get out of jail
Legit.ng previously reported that R.Kelly's attorney filed a motion in which he talked about coronavirus spreading around the world, and the health risks he believes his client is facing while penned up in jail.
According to his attorney, R.Kelly pleads to be released on bond and says he is willing to wear electronic monitoring.
The singer was held in a jail in Illinois as he awaits trial.