Disgraced American R&B Popstar Robert Sylvester Kelly alias was on Wednesday sentenced to 30 years in prison for federal racketeering and sex trafficking charges.
U.S. District Court Judge Ann Donnelly spoke at length before issuing the sentence. At one point, she quoted a victim impact statement from a woman known in court as Stephanie, who told Kelly,
“No price was too high for someone else to pay for your happiness.”
“This case is not about sex,” the judge said. “It is about violence, cruelty, and control.”
The jury found the government proved Kelly was at the head of a criminal conspiracy to recruit and coerce girls, boys, and women into sex.
The victims who spoke in court on Wednesday said how they were degraded by the musician and wished that they should die.
“You degraded me, humiliated me, and broke my spirit,” I wished I would die because of how you degraded me.” Jane Doe told him
The victim went ahead and narrated how R.Kelly forced her to perform oral sex on the music star “after you played basketball, in a car full of your friends.” she added.
“You couldn’t care less. I avoided your name and your songs and suffocated with fear. What you did left a permanent stain on my life.” she concluded.
R. Kelly’s case originated from accusations by nine different women and during the trial at least 45 people were called in to testify against the singer. The prosecutors said he should be sentenced to at least 25 years and a fine of between KSh 5.8 million and KSh 29.2 million.
R.Kelly is also facing other legal trouble. In federal court in Chicago, he is charged with enticement of a minor, possession of child abuse images, and obstruction of justice. That trial is scheduled for August this year.