The ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ singer will be sentenced on Wednesday and face 10 years in prison
R. Kelly has been found guilty of racketeering and sex crimes, but Representative Danny Davis does not think he is beyond redemption.
The 54-year-old “I Believe I Can Fly” singer was found guilty on Monday of all nine counts of racketeering and sex trafficking in New York. He faces a sentence of 10 years in prison.
The guilty verdict immediately raised questions about the future of Kelly’s famous body and sparked a debate about whether art and artist could be separated by the public.
For his part, Davis (D-Ill.) believes Chicago may have a future for the star.
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“As an artist who’s gifted, I think he’ll be welcomed in Chicago as someone who can be redeemed,” said the politician. tmz. “I’m a big believer in what’s called Second Chance.”
He then turned his attention to The Second Chance Act, which he supported in 2007. This act helps in providing opportunities for jobs, housing and much more for ex-prisoners.
“It would really all depend on that,” Davis said.
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Asked what he would tell Kelly if given the opportunity, Davis said: “Try and find peace with the creator and peace with yourself and reconciliation with the universe for the things he would have done.”
Kelly was found guilty of one count of racketeering, including 14 felony acts of sexual abuse of a child, kidnapping, bribery and charges of sex trafficking. The allegations are more than two decades old.
Kelly was also charged with eight violations of the Mann Act, which makes it illegal to transport anyone across state lines “for any immoral purpose.”
He has denied any wrongdoing.
He will be sentenced on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, and will face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, but could face a life sentence.
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The Associated Press and Granthshala News’ Jessica Napoli contributed to this report