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R. Kelly to Serve an Additional 20 Years in Jail on Child Pornography

by Ivy June
Disgraced singer and producer R. Kelly was issued an additional 20-year sentence in prison on Thursday due to his child pornography and enticement of minors for sex charges.
This 56-year-old’s jail time will be run simultaneously with a 30-year sentence imposed last year on racketeering and sex trafficking convictions.
U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber ruled that Kelly will serve one year in prison following the initial sentence. This leaves Kelly facing no more than 31 years behind bars.

CHICAGO, IL – SEPTEMBER 17: Singer R. Kelly appears standing beside his attorney, Steven Greenberg during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse on September 17, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Kelly is facing multiple sexual assault charges and is being held without bail. (Photo by Antonio Perez – Pool via Getty Images)

Despite Kelly’s lawyer claiming to look forward to appealing the verdict, the main inquiry surrounding the Chicago sentencing hearing focused on whether the judge would impose a concurrent or consecutive sentence.
Kelly was found guilty last year of six out of thirteen counts: three charges of creating child porn and three of soliciting minors for sex. Prosecutors understood that any non-concurrent sentences would erase any possibility of Kelly leaving prison alive, however they argued that the lack of remorse combined with his horrendous offenses deserved a significant amount of time.
In light of Leinenweber’s decision, Kelly will potentially be up for parole at age 80. The judge dismissed the government’s opinion that Kelly lured underage girls out of fear by saying, It was the fear of lost love, lost affections (from Kelly). It just doesn’t seem to me that it rises to the fear of bodily harm.
At the commencement of the hearing, Kelly informed the judge that he had consulted his attorney and thoroughly looked through key presentencing documents for any inaccuracies. He remarked, Your honor, I have gone over it with my attorney. I’m just relying on my attorney for that.”

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