U.S. Says Convicted R&B Singer R. Kelly Deserves More Than 25 Years In Prison

Kelly’s Lawyer Wants To Justify Fewer Years In Prison With His “History And Characteristics”

Prosecutors in the United States said on Wednesday that R. Kelly, the multiplatinum R&B singer, deserved to serve more than 25 years in jail after being convicted of sex trafficking.

Prosecutors said Kelly, 55, used his celebrity for a quarter-century to entice women and young girls for sex, displaying a “callous disdain” for his victims and expressing no remorse, according to a complaint in federal court in Brooklyn.

“Indeed, the defendant’s decades of crime appear to have been fueled by narcissism and a belief 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,” prosecutors said.

Kelly, whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, faces a mandatory minimum 10-year term at his June 29 sentencing.

Jennifer Bonjean, a lawyer for Kelly, has said he should spend fewer than 14 years in prison, and will, in a filing next Monday, explain why his “history and characteristics” justify a shorter sentence than prosecutors want.

Bonjean’s office declined to comment. – Reuters.

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