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Date: 09-14-2022

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United States of America v. Robert Sylvester Kelly, a/k/a R. Kelly

Case Number: 1:19-cr-00567

Judge: Harry D. Leinenweber

Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Cook County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office

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Description: Chicago, Illinois criminal law lawyer represented Defendant charged with child pornography and exploitation.

Robert Sylvester Kelly, a/k/a R. Kelly enticed multiple girls to engage in sexual activity and recorded some of the abuse on videotape. Kelly met the victims in the late 1990s and engaged in sex acts with them while they were under the age of eighteen.

Kelly, 55, of Chicago, was convicted on three counts of producing child pornography and three counts of enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity. Each count of producing child pornography carries a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years in federal prison and a maximum of 20 years. The maximum sentence for each count of enticement of a minor is ten years. In all, Kelly faces a sentence of ten to 90 years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Harry D. Leinenweber did not immediately set a sentencing date.

The conviction was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; R. Sean Fitzgerald, Acting Special Agent-in-Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Chicago; and Justin Campbell, Special Agent-in-Charge of the IRS Criminal Investigation Division in Chicago. Substantial assistance was provided by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Chicago Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jeannice W. Appenteng, Elizabeth R. Pozolo, Jason A. Julien, and Brian F. Williamson represented the government.

Outcome: 09/14/2022 329 MINUTE entry before the Honorable Harry D. Leinenweber: In light of the verdict, It is hereby ordered that Defendants Brown and McDavid shall have their ankle bracelets hereby removed forthwith. Mailed notice (maf) (Entered: 09/14/2022)
09/14/2022 330 WAIVER of Forfeiture determination by Jury by Robert Sylvester Kelly. (jn, ) (Entered: 09/15/2022)
09/14/2022 333 JURY Instructions as to Robert Sylvester Kelly, Derrel McDavid, Milton Brown. (jn, ) (Entered: 09/15/2022)
09/14/2022 334 ORDER as to Robert Sylvester Kelly: Deliberations concluded. Trial ends - jury as to defendant Robert Sylvester Kelly. The jury returns the verdict as follows: Defendant Robert Sylvester Kelly has been found guilty as to Counts I, II, III, IX, X, XII of the indictment, and not guilty as to Counts IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, XI, and VIII of the indictment. Judgment of guilty entered on the verdict. Cause is referred to probation department for the preparation of a presentence investigation report. The probation office shall disclose the sentencing recommendation to the parties. Post trial motions shall be filed by 11/1/22, responses by 11/15/22. The Court will rule by mail. Sentencing set for 2/23/23 at 10:00 a.m. Signed by the Honorable Harry D. Leinenweber on 9/14/2022. Mailed notice (jn, ) (Entered: 09/15/2022)
09/14/2022 335 JURY Verdict as to Robert Sylvester Kelly (1) guilty on Count 1s-4s,5s,6s,7s-8s,9s-13s. Verdict form emailed to defendant's counsel of record as to Robert Sylvester Kelly (RESTRICTED.) (jn, ) (Entered: 09/15/2022)

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