R. Kelly will be sentenced to 10 am on May 4 by the same federal judge who oversaw his racket and sexual trafficking trials in Brooklyn. Kelly, 54, has been living in prison for 10 years.
The months in between will be busy. In the next few weeks, Mr. Kelly’s lawyer will be able to file a petition to overturn the ruling. Kelly has also been charged in at least two other states, including federal child pornography and a number of sabotage in Chicago. The trial has been postponed several times and no new date has been set. In that case, the court meeting is set for October 20th.
Mr. Kelly’s lawyer said he was unsure whether the trial would proceed before the decision or whether Mr. Kelly would be transferred from the Brooklyn detention facility, which had been detained during the New York trial, to Chicago. Spokesmen from US lawyers in Brooklyn and Chicago did not respond to requests for comment.
In Brooklyn’s decision, Judge Anne M. Donnelly can consider statements and testimonies about the impact of Mr. Kelly’s accusers on the victims. Some of them will be submitted to the court in advance.