BUTNER, N.C. — Federal officials say that singer R. Kelly was moved from a prison in Chicago to a jail in North Carolina with medium security last week.
Robert Sylvester Kelly was moved from the Metropolitan Correctional Centre in Chicago to the federal prison in Butner, North Carolina, on April 19, said Benjamin O’Conn, a spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, in an email on Monday.
He wrote that the Bureau doesn’t say why a person is being moved because of privacy, safety, and security concerns.
Jennifer Bonjean, Kelly’s lawyer, commented.
“Kelly was moved to Butner FCI which is a medium security facility. He was always going to be designated to a BOP facility other than MCC so this is not a surprise even if we don’t always get advance notice of the timing. He continues to suffer from health issues caused by medical negligence at the MCC Chicago. We are hopeful that Butner will ensure that his medical needs are met. In the meantime, we have filed his brief in the Second Circuit which challenges his unjust conviction and 30 year sentence. Many fights ahead of us!” she said.
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In February, a federal judge in Chicago gave the Grammy-winning R&B singer, who is 56 years old, a 20-year prison term for child pornography and getting minors to have s*x with him. He will serve all but one of those sentences at the same time as a separate 30-year term in New York for racketeering and s*x trafficking.
Kelly, who has strongly denied the claims, came from a poor background in Chicago and became one of the biggest R&B stars in the world. He was famous for songs like “I Believe I Can Fly” and “Bump n’ Grind,” which had sexual themes. He sold millions of records even after rumors in the 1990s spread that he had abused girls.
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