R&B singer R. Kelly He was sentenced Wednesday in a New York court to 30 years in prison for racketeering and sex trafficking.
His lawyers initially argued for a 10-year sentence, citing his traumatic childhood. Prosecutors imposed a 25-year sentence after a six-week trial.
The singer is now expected to stand trial next month in Chicago, where he faces two other state cases as well as charges of child obscenity and obstruction of justice. Because Kelly is likely to lose his upcoming trials, one of Kelly’s attorneys, who is not involved in his New York case, said Kelly could pursue a plea deal.
Kelly’s Chicago Federal Trial August 15 is set and many of his accusers living in the city are expected to gain interest. He will stand trial with two other co-defendants on charges of fixing his 2008 child pornography trial. Kelly was acquitted in the case.
His two state cases in Illinois and Minnesota have yet to have specific trial dates announced. Kelly faces multiple counts of sexual assault as well as a plea deal between two trials.
is following His New York trial, longtime Kelly attorney Steve Greenberg said, according to the AP, Kelly is more likely to seek a plea deal at his Chicago trial. Kelly’s lead attorney in the federal cases previously said Kelly would appeal his New York convictions.
If Kelly loses his Chicago trial, he could be ordered to serve his sentence immediately New York sentence. Kelly now faces the question of whether to win his Chicago case or accept a plea deal that could lead to more prison time.
Phil Turner, a former federal prosecutor in Chicago who had no connection to Kelly, said he expected prosecutors to seek consecutive sentences. However, he believes the judge will most likely issue a concurrent sentence.
Turner said AP Kelly’s attorneys were open to a plea deal only if the sentence was less than 30 years. On the other hand, prosecutors could potentially agree to a plea deal as a condition Kelly takes Liability for offences. If a plea deal is accepted, Kelly’s lawyers can turn their attention to their New York appeal.
The chances of prosecutors dropping the cases against Kelly are slim.
“They want this guy bad,” Turner said in the AP.
Turner said Kelly could walk free if prosecutors decide to drop his Chicago cases and the New York charges are dismissed. However, with unlimited resources available to US attorney’s offices, the chances of getting cases dismissed are slim.
Kelly’s final option is to plead guilty in all of his remaining cases, ending all trials for good. Still, Kelly can’t be guaranteed that prosecutors won’t seek the highest sentence possible.
Fox News reached out to Kelly’s attorney, but did not immediately hear back.
The Associated Press provided this report.