A federal judge has refused to release the rapper on conflict R. Kelly of the Metropolitan Correctional Center of Chicago, despite the continuous spread of the new coronavirus within the facilities.
In explaining its decision to deny the release request, the judge of district EE. UU. Ann M. Donnelly cited the risk that R. Kelly would interfere with the victims (and witnesses) the many crimes of which he has been indicted; federal authorities accused the man of 53 years of manipulation of witnesses during its previous child pornography case in Chicago.
In addition, judge Donnelly stressed that the pandemic of COVID-19 is inhibiting the resources of the court and that it would be difficult to monitor the activities of R. Kelly, including the use of the telephone and the internet, should he be allowed to return home.
This last attempt to secure a release due to worries coronavirus: R. Kelly and his legal team filed their first request of this type to the end of march, occurs when the Chicago native expected three lawsuits, in New York, Illinois, and Minnesota. R. Kelly has been in jail since last July, and tried without success to obtain his release several times before the start of the crisis of the coronavirus.
As such, the singer of “I Believe I Can Fly” made the whole thing possible in this last application, even claiming that it is not a flight-risk because you will owe the IRS approximately $ 2 million.
Kelly has faced a series of allegations of sexual abuse (and formal charges) throughout his successful career, dating back to his attempt in 1994 to marry a Aaliyah of 15 years. In 2008, a jury in Chicago found him not guilty of 14 of the 14 charges of child pornography, but prosecutors presented a series of new charges of sexual abuse against him after the transmission of Surviving R. Kelly at the beginning of 2019.
To date, MCC Chicago has reported that 23 of its approximately 680 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19; One patient, who had been housed on the same floor as R. Kelly, is currently hospitalized due to health complications from the disease.
Last week, the intellectual author of the Festival Fyre, Billy McFarland, requested to comply the remainder of his sentence at home; The federal prison where he is being held, FCI Elkton, md, has reported more than 60 cases of COVID-19 between the inmates, as well as 46 infections of the staff. In particular, a judge agreed to the request for the release focused on the coronavirus of Tekashi 6ix9ine at the beginning of this month.
It is expected that R. Kelly begin tentatively in his trial in Brooklyn on the 29th of September, while their procedures in Chicago are scheduled to start on 13 October.