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US singer R. Kelly faces decades in jail at sex trafficking sentencing

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When R. Kelly is sentenced on Wednesday, nine months after being found guilty of organizing a network to sexually abuse women and children, he might spend decades in jail.

The disgraced pop star was found guilty of racketeering and eight counts of sex trafficking by a New York jury in September.

The maximum sentence for the 55-year-old R&B artist is life in prison, with a minimum term of ten years. According to the prosecution, he needs to serve at least 25 years in prison.

He should only receive the mandatory minimum term of ten years, according to his legal team, because he "does not currently pose a risk to the public."

Mr Kelly was found to be the ringleader of a violent and coercive scheme to lure women and children for him to sexually abuse. 

The six-week trial heard how he trafficked women between different US states, assisted by managers, security guards and other entourage members, over two decades.

He will be sentenced at the US District Court in New York on Wednesday. Kelly is separately facing trial in Chicago on child sex images and obstruction charges.

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