R. Kelly Will Be Sentenced in May 2022 Because Other Criminal Charges Are Being Pressed Against Him.
The singer was convicted on Monday September 27, 2021 of federal racketeering and sex trafficking charges for a decades-long scheme to recruit women and underage girls for sex.
Once one of the biggest names in popular music, he could face decades in prison.
The conviction of R. Kelly on all nine counts against him came as a significant moment in the Me Too movement for both Black women and for the music industry, ushering in a sense that, finally, justice had been served.
R. Kelly is set to be sentenced at 10 a.m. on May 4, 2022 by the same federal judge who oversaw his racketeering and sex trafficking trial in Brooklyn.
Mr. Kelly, 54, faces 10 years to life in prison.
The intervening months will be busy. In the next few weeks, Mr. Kelly’s lawyers can file motions seeking to overturn the verdict.
Mr. Kelly also faces charges in at least two other states, including federal child pornography and obstruction counts in Chicago.
That trial has been postponed several times, and a new date has not been set.
A court conference in that case has been set for Oct. 20, 2021.
Federal prosecutors thanked the witnesses who testified against R. Kelly and commended the bravery of his victims after the singer was found guilty of running a decades-long scheme to recruit women and underage girls for sex.
Much of the evidence that prosecutors used to convict R. Kelly came from the singer himself.
He obsessively collected message slips and letters written by the women he interacted with — some of them underage — according to Ryan Chabot, the lead federal investigator in the case. Mr. Chabot said he sifted through the evidence recovered from several searches of the singer’s Chicago apartment and storage facility.