R. Kelly Convicted Of Racketeering And Sex Trafficking, Faces Life in Prison

R. Kelly has been convicted of racketeering and s3xually abusing women, boys, and girls.

R. Kelly was convicted by a federal jury on Monday in his sex trafficking trial, where prosecutors accused the R&B singer of exploiting his stardom over a quarter-century to lure women and underage girls into his orbit for sex.

The “I Believe I Can Fly” crooner, on Monday was convicted on all nine counts including racketeering and violations of the Mann Act, which prohibits the transport of “any woman or girl” across state lines for any “immoral purpose.”

The 54-year-old singer faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years behind bars and could face up to life in prison at his May 4, 2022, sentencing.

Jurors in Brooklyn federal court deliberated for a little more than a day before voting to convict the 54-year-old Kelly on all nine counts he faced, after a 5-1/2 week trial.

Kelly kept his head down as the verdict was read, with his face shielded by a white mask.

“This case is not about a celebrity who likes to party a lot but a predator,” Assistant US Attorney Maria Cruz Melendez had mentioned in her opening statement some time last month.
Kelly had been charged with one count of racketeering and eight counts of violating the Mann Act, which prohibits transporting people across state lines for prostitution.

The racketeering charge gave prosecutors leeway to offer evidence that might otherwise be too old to prosecute.

“We hope that today’s verdict brings some measure of comfort and closure to the victims,” Acting U.S. Attorney Jacquelyn Kasulis told reporters.

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