R Kelly

R Kelly appeals his 30 years imprisonment time. Twitter @aperezTribune

Fallen RnB singer R Kelly appeals his 30 years prison sentence

Convicted RnB singer R Kelly has filed a court application to appeal his 30 years prison time through his legal representatives.

R Kelly

R Kelly appeals his 30 years imprisonment time. Twitter @aperezTribune

Disgraced R&B singer R Kelly is appealing one of his two federal convictions. In September 2021, he was found guilty charges of sex trafficking and racketeering charges in New York.

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R Kelly back in court to appeal his sentencing

He is now seeking a reversal of that conviction or a new trial, as stated on the court documents.

The singer’s attorneys presented the documents to a panel of juries in New York. It is said they were already familiar with the sex trafficking accusations raised against R Kelly.

“Numerous seated jurors were either familiar with accusations that Defendant had a history of sexually abusing underage girls, had previously faced legal problems, and/or had seen the highly unflattering docuseries, Surviving R Kelly, in which several government witnesses had appeared,”  stated the court briefing.

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Sentenced to 30 years in prison

R Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison in a New York federal court after a jury convicted him of nine counts, including one charge of racketeering and eight counts of violations of the Mann Act, a sex trafficking law.

Prosecutors from the Eastern District of New York accused Kelly of using his status as a celebrity and a network of people at his disposal to target girls, boys and young women for his own sexual gratification.

R Kelly was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2021, a further 20 years was added to his sentence in 2023. Image: Image: Twitter/@samson99

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Separately, earlier in 2023, R Kelly was sentenced to 20 years in prison in a Chicago federal courtroom following a 2022 conviction on charges of child pornography and enticement of a minor.

The federal statute under which R Kelly was charged requires proof of an ongoing criminal enterprise.

His attorneys alleged that the prosecution failed to show that there was a ‘collective of individuals who shared any common purpose other than to promote’ R. Kelly’s music.