Bill Cosby sentenced to 3-10 years in state prison

Brunilde Fioravanti
Settembre 26, 2018

Women's rights activist and attorney Gloria Allred lauded the sentencing of Bill Cosby, saying it "has been a long journey to justice for all of the accusers".

Cosby could also be allowed to remain out of prison until his legal appeals are resolved. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele asked the judge to sentence Cosby to five to 10 years in prison.

"The victims cannot be unraped, all we can do is hold the perpetrators responsible".

Cosby was led out of the courtroom today in handcuffs and will spend the first few days of his sentence at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility outside Philadelphia before entering state prison.

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.

Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven O'Neill also made a decision to designateCosby a "sexually violent predator" under Pennsylvania law.

Meanwhile, Constand said in a statement submitted to the court and released Tuesday that she has had to cope with years of anxiety and self-doubt that have left her "stuck in a holding pattern". She said that her life revolves around her work as a therapeutic massage practitioner. "They exposed Bill Cosby, and they helped pave the way for the #MeToo movement that is transforming our world".

Before the sentencing hearing, a Pennsylvania state board recommended that Cosby be designated a "sexually violent predator," a classification that mandates registration as a sex offender, community notification of his whereabouts and lifelong counseling. Cosby's defense petitioned for house arrest, arguing that a lengthy prison sentence was excessive for an 81-year-old man, who is legally blind man.

After testifying for several hours at two trials, the first of which ended in a hung jury, Constand spoke in court Monday for just two minutes.

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

Prosecutors were seeking a sentence of five to 10 years in prison.

Constand was the operations manager for Temple University's women's basketball program in the early '00s, and she said that Cosby invited her to his house under the pretense of advancing her career.

Other women, who accused Cosby of assaults dating back to the 1960s, championed Ms Constand's case and supported her in court, being unable to pursue their own historic cases owing to the time passed. She said the comedian gave her bills and wine before raping her as she drifted in and out of consciousness. Cosby didn't testify at either of his two trials.

Psychologist Timothy Foley, testifying for the defence, said that the risk of Cosby re-offending was "extraordinarily low".

Cosby, whose estimated fortune once topped $400 million, broke barriers in the 1960s as the first black actor to star in a network show, "I Spy".

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