Bill Cosby gets 3 to 10 years for 2004 sex assault

Brunilde Fioravanti
Settembre 26, 2018

Disgraced comedian Bill Cosby received a prison sentence of between 3 and 10 years Tuesday afternoon for sexual assault, in line with what prosecutors had been asking for.

On Monday, Green urged Judge Steven O'Neill to ignore the protests and activism surrounding the case and send Cosby home.

It was the first sentencing of a celebrity in the passionate atmosphere of the #MeToo movement, and the case provided a backdrop not just for Constand's allegation but for some of the dozens of other women who accused Cosby of assaulting them and faithfully attended the court proceedings here.

On Monday, the judge heard from a state-appointed psychologist who said the designation was necessary because there was a risk of Cosby committing another offense.

A prosecutor says Bill Cosby has been "unmasked" as a predator now that he's been convicted and sentenced to prison for sexually assaulting a woman in 2004.

His defense team argued that he'd endure "excessive hardship" in prison if he served 30 years, due to his age. He was sentenced Tuesday to three to 10 years in state prison and was immediately remanded in handcuffs.

O'Neill also chose to designate Cosby a "sexually violent predator" under Pennsylvania law.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said the 81-year-old used his fame and fortune to "hide his true self and hide his crimes", intimidating his victims into keeping them silent for decades.

When the ruling came down, a woman in courtroom shot her fist into the air and whispered, "Yessss!" That's certainly the message his lawyers struggled to convey for weeks in an effort to convince the court to tag Cosby with house arrest - a sentence that's not so bad when you've done well for yourself.

Constand said she now has trouble trusting people. He is legally blind.

The 81-year-old convicted sex offender was seen cracking jokes with his team in Montgomery County court, as sheriff's officers swooped in to take him directly into custody.

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

Constand described how the attack had turned her into a woman who was "stuck in a holding pattern for most of her adult life, unable to heal fully or to move forward".

The former head of women's basketball operations at Cosby's alma mater Temple University, Constand said she considered Cosby a mentor and father figure the night he offered her three unidentified blue pills he referred to as "your friends" during a meeting to discuss her career.

"I have often asked myself why the burden of being the sole witness in two criminal trials had to fall to me".

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