R. Kelly’s sentencing recommendation has been issued by US prosecutors from the Eastern District of New York, who believe there is more than enough reason to sentence him to “in excess of 25 years.”
Kelly is seen as particularly dangerous by the feds in the documents because of his history of attracting children. Prosecutors point to his relationship with Aaliyah as an example, claiming that he “began sexually abusing her when she was just 12 or 13 years old.” Kelly went on to marry her in an attempt to cover up the abuse and avoid criminal charges, as they detailed in the trial.
Kelly’s recordings of child pornography and “physical and psychological” abuse of women are among the other reasons prosecutors want the judge to throw the book at him. Of course, much of that was described in the documentary “Surviving R. Kelly,” including Kelly forcing women to call him “Daddy,” spankings if they broke his rules, and long periods of seclusion as punishment.
Kelly allegedly knew he had genital herpes in 2004, but continued to have sex with women without telling them, according to the allegations.
The feds are especially concerned since Kelly is accused of continuing to do all of these horrible offenses even after he was arrested and tried in 2008.
There’s also the fact that, as we all know, R. Kelly has a long list of hits, which led him to believe that “his musical talent absolved him of any need to conform his conduct, no matter how predatory, harmful, humiliating, or abusive to others, to the strictures of the law,” according to prosecutors.
When you add it all up, the feds say Kelly should be imprisoned until he’s far into his 70s, according to the feds. He is currently 55 years old, and his sentencing is set for June 29.
Kelly is still facing a federal case in Illinois, as well as a Minnesota state trial.