Bill Cosby sentenced to three to 10 years in prison

Yolanda Curtis
September 26, 2018

A Pennsylvania judge Tuesday sentenced Bill Cosby to 3 to 10 years in prison for three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault.

The woman Bill Cosby was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting said in a statement released at the comedian's sentencing Tuesday that she has had to cope with years of anxiety and self-doubt that have left her "stuck in a holding pattern".

The classification means that Cosby must undergo lifetime counseling and report quarterly to authorities.

Cosby has remained out of prison for the past five months on $1 million bail, and his lawyers said they plan to appeal his convictions. After his sentence was handed to him, Bill was quickly escorted out of the courtroom with handcuffs around his wrists.

Cosby faced a sentence of anywhere from probation to 10 years in prison.

Judge O'Neill heard arguments yesterday on whether to formally deem Cosby a "sexually violent predator" under state law. "The time has come", Judge O'Neill said.

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- Community notification: Law enforcement must notify the community - neighbors, county children and youth agencies, local day care centers, school districts and institutions of higher education - that the person is a sexually violent offender and provide his address, offense and photograph. With each count carrying a maximum sentence of 10 years, the 81-year-old actor could have been hit with a three-decade sentence behind bars.

"They persecuted Jesus and look what happened", Variety quotes Wyatt is saying, a statement that compares Cosby, a man credibly accused of sexual assault by over 60 women, to Jesus Christ. "Not saying Mr. Cosby is Jesus, but we know what this country has done to black men for centuries".

During the sentencing hearing, which began on Monday in the US, Judge O'Neill heard from both the defense and the prosecution, as well as testimony and victim impact statements from the women, who have accused Cosby.

She summed up the effect: "Bill Cosby took my handsome, healthy young spirit and crushed it". The 2004 assault on Andrea Constand was the only one to lead to criminal charges. Cosby has been confined to his home on a $1 million bail for almost three years.

"Do you understand that the judge has determined that you qualify as a sexually violent predator?" one of the prosecutors asked.

Defense attorney Joseph Green started the second day of Cosby's sentencing hearing by getting a psychologist for the state to acknowledge it's possible Cosby is in "full remission" from a psychological disorder she says gives him the uncontrollable urge to assault women.

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Cosby is the first celebrity of the #MeToo era to go on trial, and the first to be convicted.

Cosby is now free on US$1-million bail until he's sentenced, which is expected to happen Tuesday.

Cosby's first trial in 2017 ended with a hung jury.

Green, Cosby's attorney, asked for a sentence of house arrest and said that Cosby was not a danger to anyone.

She said she first met Cosby in 2002, when she served as director of operations for Temple University's women's basketball team.

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