Bill Cosby has been sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison for his 2004 assault of Andrea Constand.
A Montgomery County decide, Steven O’Neill dominated at present that Cosby would serve “at least three and not more than 10 years” in state prison, in addition to levying a $25,000 wonderful and requiring the convicted intercourse offender to pay courtroom prices.
“It’s time for justice. Mr. Cosby, this has all circled again to you. The time has come,” O’Neill stated. He quoted from Constand’s personal assertion to the courtroom, in which she stated Cosby took her “stunning, younger spirit and crushed it.”
The sentence is in line with the one sought by District Lawyer Kevin Steele, who requested O’Neill to impose a prison time period of 5 to 10 years after Cosby’s April conviction on costs he drugged and sexually assaulted Constand in 2004. A protection legal professional had requested that Cosby, 81, be spared a prison time period, citing his age and frailty.
O’Neill’s pronouncement got here after a protracted two-day listening to on the Montgomery County Courthouse that featured testimony from Constand, her household and psychologists. Cosby’s sentence got here simply hours after O’Neill dominated that the convicted comic is a “sexually violent predator,“ a designation that features registration as a intercourse offender and lifelong notification and counseling necessities.
The decide heard closing prosecution and protection remarks in the course of the morning session earlier than he pronounced sentence. “This needs to be a state-prison sentence and this needs to be a sentence that occurs at present,” Steele instructed the decide. Earlier than the sentencing listening to, a Pennsylvania state board really useful that Cosby be designated a “sexually violent predator,” a classification that mandates registration as a intercourse offender, group notification of his whereabouts and lifelong counseling.