R. Kelly Found Guilty On All Counts Of Racketeering & Sex Trafficking Charges
The embattled R&B singer faces 10 years to life in prison.
Brooklyn, NY – R. Kelly reportedly sat eerily still as he learned his fate in New York federal court on Monday (September 27). According to NPR, the embattled R&B singer was found guilty on all charges, including sexual exploitation of a child, bribery, racketeering and sex trafficking involving five victims.
Fourteen underlying acts associated with the racketeering charge padded the case, and the jury found the government had proven 12 of those acts involving the late Aaliyah, a woman who went by Stephanie, Jerhonda Pace, Jane and Stephanie.
Three acts connected to an alleged victim named Sonja couldn’t be proven, but the government only needed proof of two of the racketeering acts for a guilty charge.
Federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of New York successfully proved R. Kelly had been the head of a criminal enterprise, whose “purpose was to lure girls, boys and women to the R&B singer for his sexual gratification.”
But this is only the beginning for Kelly. Not only does he have to await his sentencing in New York, Kelly will also face a second federal trial on charges of child pornography and obstruction of justice in Illinois.
R. Kelly Reportedly Charged With 2 More Sex Crimes In Minnesota
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Kelly is juggling outstanding criminal charges in both Cook County, Illinois and Minnesota as well. In Illinois, he was indicted by the state attorney in February 2019 for aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four victims (three of them minors) and in Minnesota, he charged with engaging in prostitution with a minor in August in 2019.
R. Kelly faces a possible sentence of 10 years to life in prison. Sentencing in New York is scheduled for May 4.