R. Kelly To Be Sentenced Today In Chicago Case

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The disgraced R&B singer is already serving a 30-year sentence from his New York case conviction.

R. Kelly will be sentenced in Chicago federal court later today on federal charges of child pornography and enticing a minor. Moreover, this marks the 56-year-old's second sentence in the past year following his 30-year sentenced in New York. In that case, the court convicted him in June 2022 for racketeering and sex trafficking charges. In addition, the court also denied the singer's legal team's request for a new trial last week. With a minimum of a ten-year prison term looming over this next sentencing, many wonder how they will choose to make Kelly serve time.

Furthermore, prosecutors asked for a 25-year sentence to take effect after he finishes serving his 30 years. “Robert Kelly is a serial sexual predator who, over the course of many years, specifically targeted young girls and went to great lengths to conceal his abuse of Jane and other minor victims,” they expressed in a filing. “To this day, and even following the jury verdict against him, Kelly refuses to accept responsibility for his crimes.” Meanwhile, his defense maintained that he's already serving a "de facto life sentence" and should serve new time while he completes his 30-year sentence. Still, Kelly will likely be in prison for the majority of his remaining life.

R. Kelly's Uncertain Future Ahead Of Sentence

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JUNE 06: Singer R. Kelly leaves the Leighton Criminal Courthouse on June 06, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The singer appeared in front of a judge to face new charges of criminal sexual abuse. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)

“In the unlikely event that Kelly was to survive his 30-year sentence, there is no reason to believe he would reoffend as a geriatric in his mid-80s,” his legal team stated. “The overwhelming majority of Kelly’s criminal conduct was committed a quarter century ago.” While both sides made compelling arguments for the R&B star, the judge will ultimately decide how he serves time. Moreover, his federal trial in Chicago revolved around five women's testimonies that he abused them in the late 1990s. However, other prosecutors such as those in Cook County, Illinois dropped state sex-crime charges following his New York sentencing.

“I understand how hard it was for these victims to come forward and tell their stories. I applaud their courage and have the utmost respect for everyone who came forward,” Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx remarked. “While this may not be the result they were expecting, due to the sentences that Mr. Kelly is facing, we do feel that justice has been served.” Regardless of these developments, stick around on HNHH to see what will become of R. Kelly's fate.

About The Author
Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.