After a two-day listening Bill Cosby has been sentenced, to to three to 10 years in country jail for assaulting Andrea Constand 14 years ago, and he will have to register as a intercourse offender, a Pennsylvania judge announced Tuesday.
Cosby was once convicted of three counts of aggravated indecent assault in April 2018, stemming from allegations that the comedian drugged and sexually assaulted Constand, then a Temple University employee, in 2004. He’s been on residence arrest for the reason that the conviction.
Cosby had confronted up to 30 years in prison, in total, for the charges. Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O’Neill merged these charges on Monday, resulting in Cosby going through a most sentence of 10 years. Cosby’s protection crew beforehand pledged to enchantment any jail time, arguing that due to his age, the 81-year-old need to serve his time on residence arrest. O’Neill countered that Cosby is now not entitled to bail as he appeals the sentence, and ordered that Cosby go to jail immediately.
Defense legal professionals tried to preserve the 81-year-old out of jail whilst he appeals his conviction, announcing he’s frail and legally blind. Judge Steven O’Neill refused their plea for Cosby to continue to be on residence arrest, ruling Tuesday that Cosby will be locked up immediately.
O’Neill says Cosby ought to “quite possibly be a threat to the community.”
Cosby was once convicted of drugging and molesting Temple University athletics administrator Andrea Constand.
Last week judge rejected a prosecution request to permit extra Cosby accusers to testify for the duration of the sentencing. More than 50 female have accused the veteran entertainer of rape or sexual assault, however most of the alleged offenses are too ancient for crook prosecution.
Cosby’s attorneys sought to eliminate the judge from the case, with one protection movement asking O’Neill recuse himself due to the fact of his wife’s work with sexual assault survivors. The judge rejected the request.
Cosby had been underneath residence arrest, on $1 million bail, in view that his conviction. He was once tried on the equal charges in 2017, but the trial ended in a hung jury and a mistrial. Cosby reportedly paid Constand $3.4 million in a civil lawsuit agreement in 2006.
The three-week trial in April was once the first high-profile sexual assault prosecution in the Me Too era, and tensions have been high. Dozens of protesters flocked to the Pennsylvania court outdoor of Philadelphia, with many rallying in assist of female who have accused Cosby of sexual assault.