Convicted RnB singer, Robert Sylvester Kelly, popularly known as R. Kelly, has been relocated to a correctional centre located in North Carolina, the United States of America, where he is billed to serve his 30-year prison sentence in connection with multiple sexual offences.
According to the US Federal Bureau of Prisons, he was transferred from the Metropolitan Correctional Centre in Chicago on Wednesday of last week to the Federal Correctional Institution in Butner, North Carolina.
In February 2023, R. Kelly received a one-year jail extension for his federal child pornography and child enticement convictions in Chicago.
Along with that, he will also serve an additional 30 years in prison on a separate New York conviction.
In September, a federal jury in Chicago had convicted the singer of six-count charges of sexual abuse against three women.
The women had testified under the pseudonyms names Jane, Pauline, and Nia on video.
He was also acquitted by the jury of enticement charges involving two other accusers – Tracy and Brittany.
The federal statute under which R. Kelly was charged requires proof of an ongoing criminal enterprise. His attorneys allege the prosecution failed to show there was a “collective of individuals who shared any common purpose other than to promote” R. Kelly’s music.
“Numerous seated jurors were either familiar with accusations that Defendant had a history of sexually abusing underage girls, had previously faced legal problems, and/or had seen the highly unflattering docuseries, Surviving R. Kelly, in which several government witnesses had appeared,” a brief filed last Wednesday said.
“Defense counsel did not move to disqualify jurors who admitted they had prejudged Defendant’s guilt or had gathered knowledge about the case from other sources,” it added.
The singer was also acquitted of seven other charges, including obstruction of justice, accusing him and two associates of rigging his 2008 child pornography trial in Cook County.