According to TMZ R. Kelly has just been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison following his conviction for 9 federal charges, including sex crimes and human trafficking.
The disgraced singer was in the federal courthouse Wednesday in Brooklyn when Judge Ann M. Donnelly announced his sentence … bringing a close to one of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s highest-profile criminal prosecutions in years.
Kelly’s known he could get 10 years to life since he was convicted last September on all 9 counts. He declined to give a statement during sentencing.
Kelly’s trial had taken just over a month, and his attorneys seemed overmatched in court — federal prosecutors called for more witnesses than the defense.
Kelly’s legal team called on a handful of ex-Kelly employees and associates — all saying, under oath, they never saw Kelly abuse anyone
Federal prosecutors had recommended no less than 25 years in prison, due that based on the severity of Kelly’s crimes.
Prosecutors, however, brought dozens of witnesses to the stand, poking holes in that claim … some said Kelly had managers, bodyguards and assistants who rounded up his potential victims before the singer groomed them for unwanted sex, among other things.
Kelly did not take the stand.