R. Kelly, a singer, received a 30-year prison sentence on Wednesday for leveraging his fame to repeatedly sexually abuse young followers, some of whom were just children.
The Eastern District of New York’s US attorney’s office tweeted, “The verdict is in: R. Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years.
The “I Believe I Can Fly” singer had been requested to serve at least 25 years in prison by the prosecution, who claimed that he still “poses a major danger to the public.”
The verdict is handed down just over a month before jury selection is scheduled to begin on August 15 in Kelly’s separate, lengthy federal trial in Chicago.
According to the allegations in that case, Kelly and two of his ex-colleagues botched the singer’s 2008 pornographic trial and covered up years of sexual abuse of youngsters.
The former R&B music kingpin is also under investigation in two other states.