Bill Cosby was sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison on today for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand.
Facing 10 Years Maximum
Cosby, 81, faced a maximum of 10 years in prison after prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed to merge the three counts of his conviction into one for sentencing purposes.
Prosecutors asked for a sentence of five to 10 years in prison. However, Cosby’s defense attorney asked for a sentence of house arrest, citing Cosby’s advanced age and blindness.
Once a groundbreaking actor known as “America’s Dad,” Cosby was accused by dozens of women of drugging and sexually assaulting them over his decades as a powerful media figure.
Bill Cosby sentenced to 3 to 10 years in state prison.
— Montgomery County DA (@MontcopaDA) September 25, 2018
He Was Found Guilty Of 3 Counts
At a retrial in April, Cosby was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault for drugging and molesting Andrea Constand in 2004.
According to reports, prior to the sentencing, Judge Steven O’Neill designated Cosby a sexually violent predator, despite the defense’s argument that Cosby’s age and blindness means he is not a threat. Tuesday’s classification means he will need to register with state police and notify any community he lives in of his sex offender status, as well as undergo mandatory counselling for life.
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Childcare Centers And Schools Will Be Notified
Neighbors, childcare centers and schools will have to be notified of the whereabouts of the entertainer once known as America’s Dad. The actor’s defense team had argued the state’s sex offender law was too severe, given Cosby’s age and the fact that he is legally blind.
Psychologist Kristen Dudley testified on Monday that Cosby showed signs of a mental disorder and was likely to re-offend. In addition to the label, Cosby still faces a maximum prison term of 10 years after an agreement between prosecutors and his defense team, but there is no mandatory minimum for the convictions.
Cosby’s defense is pushing instead for house arrest.
Cosby Took Her Confidence
In Ms. Constand’s impact statement, provided to reporters by the prosecution team on Tuesday, she said: “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.”
Ms Constand wrote that she stopped eating, sleeping and socializing in the wake of the assault. She said she had been a “young woman brimming with confidence” before Cosby took that from her.