Former American recording artist Robert Sylvester Kelly, better known by his stage name R.
Kelly, has been given a second 20-year prison term.
After being convicted by a jury of child pornography and enticement of a minor, the 56-year-old was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday by United States District Judge Harry D. Leinenweber.
In a federal trial in 2022, Kelly was found guilty of sexually abusing a minor and is currently serving a 30-year prison sentence. Kelly was also found guilty of three counts of creating child pornography and three counts of encouraging a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity.
In the latest guilty verdict, the prosecution produced concrete video evidence showing the singer sexually abusing his 14-year-old goddaughter.
The U.S. District Judge, handing out the judgment on Thursday, sentenced R. Kelly to 20 years' imprisonment, of which 19 would be served concurrently with his earlier sentence instead of the 25 years' sentence the prosecutors had demanded. while the remaining year would be served consecutively or after that sentence is completed.
According to the prosecutors, ”Robert Kelly is a serial sexual predator who, over the years, targeted young girls and went to great lengths to conceal his abuse of Jane and other minor victims." "Following the jury verdict against him, to this day, Kelly refuses to accept responsibility for his crimes.”
The singer, however, remained silent for almost the entirety of the sentencing hearing and also refused to speak on his behalf.