NORRISTOWN, PA — (09-25-18) — Bill Cosby, America’s former favorite dad, was sentenced 3 to 10 Years in prison. Cosby was immediately taken into custody in the courtroom and paraded in front of the press in the courthouse in handcuffs and chains.
Cosby was found guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent assault last April and now is going to serve his sentence in state prison. The famed sitcom actor is the first to be sent to prison in the fallout of the #MeToo era.
The conviction stem from the assault of Andrea Constand, a former Temple University basketball coach whom Cosby said to have drugged and molested in 2004 inside his Philadelphia home.
Constand is one of 60 women who have accused 81-year-old Cosby of similar acts including rape, grouping and slipping drugs into their drinks. The prosecution proved their case in revealing an apparent lengthy pattern of offenses within the history of the famous sitcom star once billed as “America’s Dad.”
The sentencing was announced Tuesday in Pennsylvania’s Montgomery County Courthouse following Judge Steven O’Neill decision against hearing additional accusers.
Ahead of Cosby’s sentencing, judge O’Neill ruled him to be a “sexually violent predator,” meaning Cosby must constantly keep authorities aware of his whereabouts, should he ever see life outside of prison again.
Cosby’s lawyer, Tom Mesereau, addressed the media in the rain and said that his client intends to appeal, however per state law, that process could not begin until after the sentencing had occurred.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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