R. Kelly

Sentenced

30 years in prison for federal racketeering and sex trafficking charge

Disgraced R&B singer R. Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison  on WednesdayWednesday following his conviction last year.

On federal racketeering and sex trafficking charges stemming from his efforts over years to use his fame to ensnare victims he sexually abused.

Prosecutors had asked the judge to sentence Kelly, 55, to more than 25 years behind bars, while his defense attorney.

Asked for 10 or fewer for K.nelly,but saying prosecutors' request was "tantamount to a life sentence for him."

Survivors of Kelly's abuse held hands and prayed as US District Court Judge Ann Donnelly began reading his sentence.

Kelly -- who wore a tan prison uniform, dark-rimmed glasses and a black mask at the hearing in federal court in Brooklyn -- showed no emotion.

In deciding the sentence, Donnelly said she considered Kelly's own traumatic childhood, during which his attorneys said he was repeatedly sexually abused.

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