Bill Cosby Sentenced to 3-10 Years in Sexual Assault Case

Bill Cosby

The 81-year-old former Cosby Show actor was sentenced to a minimum of three years for giving Andrea Constand pills before molesting her at his Philadelphia home back in 2004.

Cosby doesn't plan to make a statement in court before he's sentenced for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman.

Under that designation, Cosby will have to undergo monthly counselling and register as a sex offender with police for the rest of his life.

The retrial was hailed as a victory for the #MeToo movement, but given that the trial's outcome indicated that Cosby could be sentenced to a more than a decade in prison, some might be disappointed in the actual sentence that was handed to "America's Dad".

Tuesday's sentencing was a reckoning accusers and prosecutors said was decades in the making. Cosby was led away from the courtroom in handcuffs and will begin serving his prison sentence immediately.

Prosecutors are expected to seek a lengthy sentence, citing the nature of Cosby's crime as well as his alleged history of misconduct.

Judge O'Neil also ordered Cosby be publicly classified as a "sexually violent predator".

Cosby's name will now appear on the sex-offender registry.

Prosecutors asked for a sentence of five to 10 years, while Cosby's attorneys argued that would be too severe because of his poor health.

The jurors spent 12 days hearing lawyers' arguments and testimony from witnesses, including Constand and five other women, who claimed they were also drugged and sexually assaulted by the comedian.

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O'Neill's ruling on Cosby's status will not impact the ultimate sentence.

"But I'm very happy to know that Mr. Cosby will do time in prison - that he's touchable like he touched us", Lasha said.

Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven O'Neill said he would hand down the entertainer's sentence on Tuesday afternoon.

She summed up the effect: "Bill Cosby took my attractive, healthy young spirit and crushed it".

According to Wyatt, the "sexist and racist" mass media did not allow Cosby's record as "one of the greatest civil rights leaders in the United States for over the last 50 years" to be brought up in court.

Constand, who is 45, was Temple University's women's basketball administrator at the time of the assault. Cosby was denied bail and serves the full term, he'll be 91 when he's released.

Cosby was convicted for violating Andrea Constand at his estate in 2004.

"This is a serious crime", said O'Neill, who rejected the defense request for house arrest, partial confinement, and even a chance to serve the sentence in the county jail as opposed to state prison.

It was the second time Cosby had stood trial for the allegations, after an earlier jury failed to reach a verdict in June 2017. He said Cosby "could quite possibly be a danger to the community". Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said at a news conference, "Finally, Bill Cosby has been unmasked, and we have seen the real man as he is headed off to prison".

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