Federal prosecutors want to sentence R. Kelly to life in prison, calling him a “sadistic serial sexual predator.”
According to the Associated press, The U.S. prosecutors in charge of Kelly’s 2022 conviction in Chicago on child pornography and enticement counts have presented a requested sentence of 25 years for the offenses, which they admit is more than what is suggested by sentencing guidelines.
R. Kelly is now serving a 30-year sentence after being found guilty of similar crimes in New York in 2021, and the government has further said that they would seek for his term in the Chicago case to start only after he has finished serving that sentence.
Kelly was described as “a serial sexual predator” who hasn’t expressed regret for his “sadistic” actions in the sentence proposal, which was submitted to the U.S. District Court on Thursday (February 16). According to the prosecution, Kelly “poses a serious threat to society.”
“The only way to ensure Kelly does not reoffend is to impose a sentence that will keep him in prison for the rest of his life,” prosecutors added.
Prosecutors said, “The only way to guarantee Kelly doesn’t reoffend is to impose a sentence that will keep him in jail for the rest of his life ”
Jennifer Bonjean, R. Kelly’s attorney, has responded by asking for her client to get a 10-year sentence to run concurrently with his New York sentence. She said that the 56-year-old crooner is already unlikely to survive his sentence because the average life expectancy for prisoners is 64.
The U.S. Attorney’s office’s stern proposal, according to Bonjean, was driven by race, he said, citing the large number of white rock musicians who haven’t even been prosecuted despite having the same accusations made against them.
Prosecutors insisted that adding an extra 25 years to Kelly’s already lengthy existing sentence is a reasonable request in view of “the egregiousness of Kelly’s conduct” and his “intentional and prolific” abuse of minors.
Judge Harry D. Leinenweber on Thursday rejected the applications that his attorneys had previously submitted in an effort to have the conviction overturned or a new trial ordered.
According to Billboard, Leinenweber determined in his written denial that federal prosecutors had shown “enough evidence to sustain a guilty judgment on all six counts Kelly was convicted of.”
KIM FOXX, COOK COUNTY STATE’S ATTORNEY, REPRIORITIZED THEIR “LIMITED RESOURCES AND COURT TIME” AND ANNOUNCED IN JANUARY THAT THE CHARGES HAD BEEN DROPPED. Also, she referenced Kelly’s 30-year sentence in New York and her upcoming sentence in Chicago, declaring that “JUSTICE HAD BEEN SERVED.”