R.Kelly has officially been sentenced and now faces several years behind bars.
According to CNN, U.S. District Court Judge Ann Donnelly sentenced the singer in a Brooklyn courtroom to 30 years in prison after he was convicted on all nine counts in his sex trafficking case.
Judge Donnelly said that her sentence is one she would have imposed regardless of the guidelines. In the hearing, she spent several minutes detailing instances of abuse and violence discussed during the trial and addressed R. Kelly directly about what he did to his victims.
Reports show that prosecutors asked the judge to sentence R. Kelly to more than 25 years behind bars during sentencing, citing “the need to protect the public from further crimes.
However, the singer’s defense attorneys asked for ten years or fewer, saying prosecutors’ request was tantamount to a life sentence.
The singer declined to speak before the sentencing was read.