Stars and pundits react to Cosby sentencing

Stars and pundits react to Cosby sentencing

Stars and pundits react to Cosby sentencing

Bill Cosby , according to multiple reports, has been sentenced to three to 10 years in prison after being found guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent assault last April.

Once dubbed "America's Dad", comedian Bill Cosby, 81, has been labelled a "sexually violent predator" by a United States court, implying that he must undergo counselling for life and appear on the sex offenders' registry.

Cosby's sentencing comes five months after he was convicted of giving the accuser pills before he assaulted her at his Philadelphia residence. The comedian once known as "America's Dad" was led out of the Norriston, Pennsylvania, courtroom in handcuffs shortly thereafter.

Prosecutors had been seeking the maximum sentence of five to ten years.

Cosby's team also argued that the sexually violent predator status was unconstitutional, but Judge O'Neill ruled against that argument on Monday.

Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill said during sentencing: "It is time for justice".

- Community notification: Law enforcement must notify the community - neighbors, county children and youth agencies, local day care centers, school districts and institutions of higher education - that the person is a sexually violent offender and provide his address, offense and photograph.

Cosby's lawyers asked for house arrest, saying Cosby - who is legally blind - is too old and vulnerable to do time in prison.

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The two-day hearing was attended by a dozen women who had accused Cosby of sexual assault.

"This should be a state prison sentence", said Steele, who said the state even has a prison facility for old and infirm inmates. Mr Cosby, this has all circled back to you.

O'Neill also fined Cosby $25,000 and ordered him to pay the costs of the prosecution. The Constand case is the only allegation that has resulted in a conviction. Bill Cosby has been charged as "sexually violent predator" for molesting a woman nearly 14 years ago at his Philadelphia mansion. "I put a high degree of weight on the impact of the crime on the victim and her family", said O'Neill. "The courageous survivors who spoke out and the diligent prosecutors made his trial and conviction possible", Ossorio says.

She also wrote: "We may never know the full extent of his double life as a sexual predator but his decades-long reign of terror as a serial rapist is over".

Cosby's defense team asked the judge for bail during the appeal process, but after a 20 minute recess, O'Neill denied bail.

Bill Cosby learned his fate inside a Montgomery County courtroom on Tuesday.

Cosby's first trial in 2017 ended in a mistrial when jurors could not reach a unanimous verdict.

All of the women told stories that were markedly similar to Ms Constand's: Cosby would offer to be their mentor before plying them with alcohol and drugs and sexually assaulting them. They said he used "his stature at Temple University, and, of course, his acting success and public persona to facilitate his drug-induced sexual assault".

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