Bill Cosby in Handcuffs, Gets 3 to 10 Years
Actor Bill Cosby has been sentenced for a term of three to ten years in prison. The popular comedian is to be incarcerated in state prison for sexual assault. The man regarded by millions of people as “America’s Dad” was also designated a sexually violent predator. This means he must be listed on the sex offender registry, as well as undergo counseling for life.
Following a two-day sentencing hearing at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Pennsylvania, Judge Steven O’Neill gave the verdict for three to 10 years. Several women who accused 81-year-old Cosby of sexually assaulting them were at the two former trials and the two-day sentencing hearing. These included Andrea Constand, Lili Bernard, Janice Dickinson and Victoria Valentino among others.
Cosby was however only convicted for the sexual assault of Constand, whom he drugged and raped. Constand said the drug left her paralyzed and she could only watch helplessly as the actor raped her. She said the man whom she considered her mentor robbed her of her whole essence.
“To truly understand the impact that the sexual assault has had on my life, you have to understand the person that I was before it happened,” Constand said. “Bill Cosby took my beautiful, healthy young spirit and crushed it. He robbed me of my health and vitality, my open nature, and my trust in myself and others.”
Cosby has refused to make any comments.
Judge O’Neill had on Monday labeled Bill Cosby a sexually violent predator. His defense attorneys objected to this designation, saying it was unconstitutional and too punitive. They added the accused’s age and blindness render him harmless to members of the public. O’Neill insisted Cosby be labeled a sexually violent predator unless the state’s Supreme Court negates it.
Based on the designation, if Cosby were to be released, he is obliged to inform the community where he lives of his sex offender status, as well as schools and children’s hospitals. He would also have to file his status with the state police, in addition to the compulsory counseling for life.
Cosby’s attorneys pushed for a house arrest, but the judge declined. Psychologist Kristen Dudley testified the comedian was likely to re-offend based on all known indications and lack of remorse. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele wanted up to ten years in prison for Cosby.
Cosby’s wife, Camille, failed to turn up for the sentencing hearing.