Following his conviction and sentencing in New York, R&B star R. Kelly has been returned to Chicago ahead of his upcoming federal trial next month.
Federal records show that Kelly is currently being housed in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Chicago following an extended stay in a New York detention center during his racketeering and sex trafficking trial in that jurisdiction.
Last month, he was sentenced to 30 years in prison after being found guilty in New York.
Kelly was previously housed at the MCC between 2019 and 2021.
In his upcoming Chicago trial, Kelly stands accused of sexually abusing five separate minors and recording some of those acts on video. A superseding indictment filed the following year added a sixth alleged victim.
Two co-defendants, Derrel McDavid and Milton Brown, are also charged in this case with allegedly conspiring to conceal evidence to obstruct law enforcement during the investigation that preceded Kelly’s 2008 child porn trial in Cook County.
A judge last month refused to sever trials between the three men, even though they may present “antagonistic” defense evidence pointing the finger at one another.
The trial is scheduled to begin Aug. 15.
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