R Kelly plans to appeal 30-year sentence

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  • R Kelly's attorneys say the R&B singer plans to appeal his 30-year prison sentence.
  • Kelly declined to make a statement of his own and did not react as the verdict was handed down.
  • The performer is still facing child pornography and obstruction of justice charges in Chicago, with the trial set for August.


R Kelly's attorneys say the R&B singer plans to appeal his 30-year prison sentence.

Nine months after a Brooklyn jury found R Kelly guilty on all nine counts in his sex trafficking case in federal court, the singer was sentenced on Wednesday.

The charges – involving six female victims, including the late singer Aaliyah (who married R Kelly in 1994 when she was 15 years old) – included racketeering, bribery, coercion, enticement and sex trafficking. The accusations against him span from at least 1992 to 2017.

Dressed in prison khakis and dark glasses, Kelly declined to make a statement of his own and did not react as the verdict was handed down.

"He's strong, and we are going to get through this," defence lawyer Jennifer Bonjean said on her way into court, per NBC News. She added that whatever Kelly's sentence, he is hopeful his conviction will be overturned on appeal.

Kelly's lawyers initially sought 10 years or less. They argued in court papers he should get a break in part because he "experienced a traumatic childhood involving severe, prolonged childhood sexual abuse, poverty, and violence."

After the sentencing, Bonjean told the press they plan to appeal, adding that her client was fine but that it was "obviously a hard day."

The performer still faces child pornography and obstruction of justice charges in Chicago. His trial for that case is set to begin on 15 August.

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