Judge sentences Bill Cosby to 3-10 years in state prison

Bill Cosby walks from the courtroom during a break in his sexual assault trial

Camille went on to claim that on September 12, an online publication reported that a Montgomery County Court official, requesting anonymity, said "the original recording" by Gianna was "doctored and contained information that would exonerate Mr. Cosby".

"This was a serious crime", O'Neill said. Mr Cosby, this has all circled back to you.

"You were convicted of a very serious crime", O'Neill told Cosby.

Constand and nine women who also have accused Cosby of sexually predatory acts were in court Tuesday morning to hear Judge Steven T. O'Neill deliver his verdict.

The Cosby Show star was facing 30 years in prison, however that sentence was unlikely to have been handed down after prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed to merge the three counts of his sexual assault conviction into one when it came to sentencing, meaning he was looking at 10 years.

Defence lawyer Joseph Green Jr. urged the judge ignore the protests and activism surrounding the case, and send Cosby home on house arrest.

The punishment came at the end of a two-day hearing at which the judge declared Cosby a "sexually violent predator" - a modern-day scarlet letter that subjects him to monthly counseling for the rest of his life and requires that neighbors and schools be notified of his whereabouts. It does not impact the length of the actual sentence.

Bill Cosby has been officially sentenced to "three to ten years" in state prison after being found guilty of the sexual assault of Andrea Constand, the AP reports.

"Nobody is above the law", he said.




Bill Cosby refrained from peering at the camera in his glum-looking mug shot, which was taken just minutes after he was sentenced to 3-10 years in prison on September 25.

Constand said in a written statement that the comedian "took my handsome healthy young spirit and crushed it".

Constand's statement was first posted to Twitter by Laura McCrystal, a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer. "Nothing could have prepared me for an evening of January 2004, when life as I knew it came to an abrupt halt", Constand wrote, referring to the time of the attack.

Among the five women who took the stand in the second trial was model Janice Dickinson, who, along with the other accuser witnesses, Cosby's lawyers attempted to paint as a fame-seeking liar who had fabricated stories to smear a famous person.

The judge quoted from victim Andrea Constand's own statement to the court, in which she said Cosby took her "beautiful, young spirit and crushed it". "The victims cannot be unraped, all we can do is hold the perpetrators responsible".

Another Cosby accuser in the courtroom, Lili Bernard, said: "There is solace, absolutely". And he said the sentence should send a message.

She accused him of drugging and sexually assaulting her in 2004, and charges were filed on the cusp of the statute of limitations kicking in.

Cosby arrived at the courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, walking with a cane and holding the arm of his spokesman Andrew Wyatt.

"This should be a state-prison sentence and this should be a sentence that happens today", Steele told the judge. But as CNN notes, the judge didn't have to stick to the guidelines. Constand, whose testimony at trial was central to the case against Cosby, spoke for just a few moments in court.

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