R. Kelly Sentenced To Additional Year In Prison In Illinois Sex Crimes

R. Kelly recently received a 20-year jail sentence in Chicago for his federal sex offenses prosecution.

On Thursday (February 23), the scandalized singer appeared in federal court in Illinois. The final year will be served consecutively after serving the first 19 years concurrently with the term he’s already serving.

Prosecutors had suggested that he receive a 25-year term on top of the time he’s already serving. R. Kelly is currently incarcerated for 30 years after being found guilty of federal racketeering in New York.

U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber for the Northern District of Illinois  stated, “sentencing should be sufficient but not greater than necessary,” continuing “everybody agrees that the nature of this offense is horrible, horrific.”

“No matter what I do Mr. Kelly is not going out the door in the next 10 years, in the next 20 years,” Leinenweber said. “One of the things we should bear in mind, he is 56 years old and as Ms. Bonjean points out, he has a life expectancy of not a helluva lot more.”