US singer R. Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for using his status to run a scheme to sexually abuse children and women. CLICK HERE TO JOIN OUR WHATSAPP GROUP.
In September, a jury in New York convicted the R&B artist, 55, of racketeering and sex trafficking crimes.
The Chicago native whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly; was also fined $100,000 (£82,525). He currently faces separate criminal charges in three other cases.
The sentence, she said, would act as a deterrent from committing similar crimes in the future. Jurors at Kelly six-week trial in Brooklyn heard how he trafficked women between different US states, assisted by managers, security guards and other members of his entourage.
The court also heard how Kelly had illegally obtained paperwork to marry singer Aaliyah when she was 15 in 1994, seven years before the singer died in a plane crash.
The certificate, leaked at the time, listed Aaliyah’s age as 18. The marriage was annulled months later.
Federal prosecutors had recommended that Kelly be sentenced to more than 25 years in prison, given the seriousness of his crimes and & the need to protect the public from further crimes.
But his lawyers called for a sentence of 10 years, the mandatory minimum for his conviction or less. They portrayed Kelly as growing up poor in a household rife with domestic violence and suffering sexual abuse from a young age.