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Why R. Kelly Was Jailed for 30 years

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R. Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison Wednesday after being convicted of racketeering and sex trafficking.

U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly imposed the sentence on Kelly and ordered him to pay a $100,000 fine after a nearly three-hour hearing. Kelly did not address the court.

The victims held hands while the sentence was read and Kelly had no apparent reaction.

“Although sex was certainly a weapon that you used, this is not a case about sex. It’s a case about violence, cruelty and control,” Judge Donnelly told him during the sentencing.

R. Kelly appeared in court Wednesday for his sentencing hearing.

R. Kelly appeared in court Wednesday for his sentencing hearing. (Amr Alfiky)

Kelly’s lawyer Jennifer Bonjean said they look forward to the appeal.

“30 years is like life for him,” she said. She also emphasized he is “not a predator.”

U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Breon Peace called the sentence a “significant outcome” for Kelly’s victims.

Kelly “preyed upon children and young women..for decades,” according to Peace. He would “force victims, including minors” to be in “porno films” which the singer “produced and directed.”

“The sentence shows that the witnesses reclaim control over their lives,” he added. “This is a victory for them. It doesn’t matter how powerful..justice only hears the truth”

Seven of Kelly’s victims gave impact statements during the sentencing hearing.

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“You made me do things that broke my spirit. I literally wished I would die because of how low you made me feel,” one woman told the Grammy-winning, multiplatinum-selling singer. “Do you remember that?”

Another woman, sobbing and sniffling as she spoke, said Kelly’s conviction restored her faith in the legal system.

“I once lost hope,” she said, addressing the court and prosecutors, “but you restored my faith.”

The woman said Kelly victimized her after she went to a concert when she was 17.

“I was afraid, naive and didn’t know to handle the situation,” she said, so she didn’t speak up at the time.

“Silence,” she said, “is a very lonely place.”

The “I Believe I Can Fly” singer was convicted on one count of racketeering. The racketeering including 14 underlying acts of sexual exploitation of a child, kidnapping, bribery, and sex trafficking charges.

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R. Kelly was also convicted on eight violations of the Mann Act. The legislation makes it illegal to transport people across state lines for “immoral purposes.”

The trial lasted six weeks.

Prosecutors argued that Kelly had used his "fame, money and popularity" to recruit women and teenagers for "his own sexual gratification."

Prosecutors argued that Kelly had used his “fame, money and popularity” to recruit women and teenagers for “his own sexual gratification.” (AP, File)

Prosecutors had argued that Kelly should receive at least 25 years in prison for his conviction.

Kelly used his “fame, money and popularity” to systematically “prey upon children and young women for his own sexual gratification,” prosecutors wrote in the filing.

“He continued his crimes and avoided punishment for them for almost 30 years and must now be held to account,” prosecutors wrote.

R. Kelly was convicted on nine charges in his racketeering, sex trafficking trial.

R. Kelly was convicted on nine charges in his racketeering, sex trafficking trial. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)

Kelly’s lawyers had argued he should get no more than 10 years in prison because he had a traumatic childhood “involving severe, prolonged childhood sexual abuse, poverty, and violence.”

As an adult with “literacy deficiencies,” the star was “repeatedly defrauded and financially abused, often by the people he paid to protect him,” his lawyers said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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NPP 2022 Conference, Defeated Musah Superior Goes To Thank You Tour

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NPP 2022 Conference, Defeated Musah Superior goes for thank you tour – Ghanapubliser.com

The Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Ghana Forestry Commission, Hon. Iddrisu Musah, affectionately known as Musah Superior has indicated to embark on a thank you tour after his defeat.

 

The former Tamale Mayor, who contested to become NPP General Secretary with four other aspirant at the just ended NPP 2022 annual delegates conference was defeated after gunning 104 votes which placed him 3rd among the other four General Secretary aspirants.

Hon. Musah Superior announced on his social media platforms that, despite his lost, he will go on a nationwide tour in various Constituencies to appreciate the delegates.

The announcement has become a discussion on social media because this act is not usual in Ghana politics.

Below are the new NPP National Executives;

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Don’t attempt to rig the elections- Musah Superior to NPP National Executives

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The deputy C.E.O of Ghana Forestry Commission, Iddris Musah, affectionately called Musah Superior have warned the incumbent NPP National Executives not to attempt rigging the national elections which will take place on 15th to 17th July this year.

The former Tamale Mayor, have on several occasions preached against the re-election of any of the incumbent national executives who seek to be re-elected.

According to the General Secretary aspirant, the current national executives of the New Patriotic Party’s abysmal performance produced the hung parliament we have today which is making governance difficult for the Akufo Addo administration.

The aspirant 10 points plants for the administration of the party when elected. Will seek to recognize the party to restore trust, hope and faith in party foot soldiers who has lost interest in the elephant family.

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Bono Region: Man Who Stole Astroturf To Decorate His Room Jailed 7 years

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One of the people arrested for ripping up parts of the astroturf at Drobo-Faaman in the Bono Region has reportedly been jailed for seven years.

Journalist, Saddick Addams, who broke the initial story, reported that a 21-year-old, Gideon Asuako, one of the people who was detained for the act had been imprisoned.

 

 

According to Adams, the suspect was charged with three counts of unlawful entry, unlawful damage, and stealing, and put before the Berekum Circuit Court.

 

 

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Asuako pleaded guilty to all three charges and was sentenced on his own plea.

 

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“The Berekum Circuit Court presided over by His Lordship Osei Kofi Amoako has sentenced a 21-year-old resident of Dwenem in Jaman South Municipality, Gideon Asuako, to 7 years imprisonment for stealing.

“A prison officer friend at Sunyani confirms to me he has just been brought there to begin his sentence,” Adams tweeted.

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The alleged thieves were caught in their rooms where they had reportedly used the parts of the turf as carpets.

Adams posted images of the damaged pitch, adding in a subsequent tweet that he had been informed by the Obaahemaa of Faaman that the culprits had been arrested after a search.

“A search party was put together and they found parts of the artificial pitches in the rooms of the thieves used as decoration,” he tweeted.

Lots of people on Twitter found the incident humorous and wondered why anyone would steal astroturfs to decorate their rooms.

Source:  MyGhanaMedia.com

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