Bill Cosby sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison

Posted September 26, 2018

"Equal justice under the law does not allow different treatment because of who he is or who he was", O'Neill said. "The courageous survivors who spoke out and the diligent prosecutors made his trial and conviction possible", Ossorio says.

The judge said he recognized the defendant's age and blindness, but said they could not be the determining factors. He faces anything from probation to 10 years in prison. He's holding up well and everybody who wants to say anything negative, you're a joke as well'.

"This is the most racist and sexist trial in the history of the United States", Wyatt told reporters.

He claimed Cosby was "one of the greatest civil rights leaders" as well as a 'great educator of men and boys'.

In April, Cosby was convicted of drugging and molesting Andrea Constand, the former director of operations of women's basketball at Temple University, Cosby's alma mater.

She also wrote of Cosby: "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, 81, was sentenced to three to 10 years by Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O'Neill.

The disgraced comedian's two-day hearing at Montgomery County Courthouse in Pennsylvania began on Monday with legal debate over the violent predator label.

On Tuesday, Constand submitted a victim impact statement to the judge, in which she recounted the day "a man I had come to know as a mentor and friend drugged and sexually assaulted me".

Constand said in a written statement that the comedian "took my lovely healthy young spirit and crushed it".

"Instead of looking back, I am looking forward to looking forward". After his sentence was handed to him, Bill was quickly escorted out of the courtroom with handcuffs around his wrists. He did not appear to show much emotion.

Cosby's maximum sentence could have been up to 30 years in prison, though cases similar to this with someone with no prior convictions have often resulted in one to four years.

Cosby was also ordered to pay a $25,000 fine and prosecution costs. Add Bill Cosby as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Bill Cosby news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Bill Cosby has been labelled a "sexually violent predator" (AAP) Cosby smirked as he entered the court house.

"See, I got the last laugh, pal", Dickinson said.

"Given that he's 81, blind, has been convicted of a sex offense and will be supervised", it's extremely unlikely Cosby would commit another such crime, Foley testified.

Steele said the once-loved actor was able to "hide his true self and hide his crimes" during the height of his fame.

Another Cosby accuser in the courtroom, Lili Bernard, said, "Maybe this will send a message to other powerful perpetrators that they will be caught and punished".

So far, Constand's case is the only criminal case brought against Cosby, as the statute of limitations has passed on many other alleged incidents.