R. Kelly Victim Reacts To Proposed Prison Sentence: '25 Years Is Too Low'

By Tony M. Centeno

June 13, 2022

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R. Kelly is just a couple of weeks away from being sentenced after he was convicted of numerous sex crimes last year. After federal prosecutors recommended a 25-year prison sentence, one of the singer's victims doesn't believe it's enough time.

In an interview TMZ published on Monday, June 13, Lizzette Martinez, who was sexually abused by Kelly as a teenager, reacted to the news about the singer's recommended prison sentence. She thinks 25 years isn't enough time for what Kelly did to her and the other victims. If she had the final say, Martinez said she would "put him under the jail forever."

"I think that the situation is that he's destroyed so many lives for so long that I think 25 is too low to be quite honest with you," Martinez said. "I mean, We deal with residual side effects like we have to live with this forever, you know, it's not just something that goes away."

Martinez also said she believes that Kelly will go back to his old ways if he doesn't get more prison time. She is one of several victims who has been vocal about the abuse Kelly put her through. Martinez was only 17 when she met Kelly in 1995 in a Florida shopping mall. The abuse didn't start immediately but eventually it grew and manifested into what the other victims experienced. She wrote a book about what happened to her called Jane Doe #9: How I Survived R. Kelly and even appeared on the Lifetime special Surviving R. Kelly.

"Lock him up and throw the key away or put him under the jail forever," Martinez said. She even recommended life in prison.

R. Kelly is scheduled to be sentenced in New York on June 29. He also faces charges in Illinois and Minnesota.

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