Is Bill Cosby a Registered Sex Offender? What His Sentence Means
26 September, 2018, 18:29 | Author: Conrad Doyle
Disgraced television icon Bill Cosby was handcuffed and taken into custody Tuesday to begin a minimum three-year prison sentence for sexually assaulting a woman at his Philadelphia mansion 14 years ago.
Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Kristen Feden said Wednesday on NBC's "Today" that accuser Andrea Constand gave her strength as she went through the hard process of prosecuting Cosby.
O'Neill ordered Cosby to serve in "total confinement" for "no less than three years and no more than 10 years".
He later added that the prosecution was seeking the maximum sentence of five to 10 years in state prison-as well as a $25,000 fine and costs of prosecution-because Cosby showed "no acceptance of responsibility for his actions" and "no remorse". "The time has come", O'Neill told him.
Bill Cosby is led from the courtroom during a break by his spokesman Andrew Wyatt at the Montgomery County Courthouse, during his sentencing hearing in Norristown, Pa., Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. "The day has come, the time has come".
At least seven women who have accused Cosby of similar acts were present in the courtroom, but his wife of 54 years, Camille, was not.
Glancing toward Constand and her family, the judge said her impact statement was crucial in determining the sentence.
Unsealed depositions from that civil court case, which included Cosby's confession to purchasing Quaaludes to drug women with, helped to open the criminal investigation which eventually led to Cosby's conviction this year.
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Steele said Cosby could be sent to Laurel Highlands, a state prison for lower-risk inmates on the other side of the state, about 70 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.
The actor was filmed being put in the back of a vehicle, to be taken first to Montgomery County Correctional Facility, before the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections and then onto a state prison.
Constand said in a statement that Cosby "took my attractive, healthy, young spirit and crushed it".
"Mr Cosby, any comments sir?" a reporter asked.
Before handing down the prison sentence, Judge O'Neill also made a decision to designate Cosby a "sexually violent predator" under Pennsylvania law.
While Green said his team wanted Cosby to participate in a program, they did not see how he could "fight off people trying to extort him" at his age.
Former model Janice Dickinson, who was among the 60 or so women who have come forward to accuse Cosby of drugging and violating them over the past five decades, looked at Cosby and said: "Here's the last laugh pal".
Constand stood at Steele's side but shook her head to say she had no comment.
She testified that she took three blue pills Cosby offered her during a visit to his home outside Philadelphia in early 2004 because she trusted Cosby and believed they were some kind of an herbal relaxant. He will also be classified a "sexually violent predator" for the rest of his life. - Lili Bernard, who said Cosby sexually assaulted her before giving her a one-time role on "The Cosby Show" in 1992.
"Being blind doesn't make you unconscious", she said.
About 20 minutes later, the judge returned and said bail was not appropriate.
Prosecutors had asked for the maximum prison sentence of between five and 10 years, citing the nature of Cosby's crime as well as his alleged history of misconduct.
While Cosby did not cooperate with the Assessment Board's review, it drew on investigation documents, trial transcripts, and law enforcement interviews with Cosby and other witnesses in the case.
"I am glad that Bill Cosby was convicted".
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