Bill Cosby arrives at SCI Phoenix to begin prison term

Posted September 27, 2018

He did not say a word.

"People are really nice there and treating him well", Wyatt said. Neither were his children.

"Finally, Bill Cosby has been unmasked and we have seen the real man as he is headed off to prison".

A prison spokesperson at the time said "all property discrepancies are being reviewed and are in the process of being resolved".

One woman on the witness stand pointedly called Cosby a "serial rapist" and another asked him through her tears, "You remember, don't you, Mr. Cosby?" On Tuesday, Judge Steven O'Neill handed down the sentence and denied a request for bail by Cosby's lawyers.

"I heard the very clear impact on your life", the judge told Constand during sentencing.

Cosby remained expressionless when the judge read the sentence and did not address the court during the sentencing hearing. A resulting settlement did not end the pain, but as dozens more women came forward with more accusations, she says she knew "I had to testify" in the criminal trial.

Cosby's lawyers face a hard burden in convincing an appellate court to second-guess O'Neill's decision, experts told Reuters.

The judge ultimately sentenced Cosby to three to 10 years in prison and ruled that he is a 'sexually violent predator, ' meaning that he must undergo lifetime counseling and report quarterly to authorities.

On Monday, chief prosecutor Kevin Steele castigated Cosby for expressing no remorse. Corrections officials at Phoenix will assess Cosby's needs to determine where he'll serve the bulk of his state prison sentence. "If that's what they've got, it's beyond a Hail Mary".

The $400 million prison, SCI Phoenix, opened two months ago and is located about 20 miles from Cosby's gated estate. She told police about the incident in 2005, but prosecutors declined to press charges. His wife of 54 years, Camille, was not in court.

Calling Cosby "one of the greatest civil rights leaders in the United States for over the past 50 years", spokesman Andrew Wyatt on Tuesday decried the trial as the "most sexist and racist" in the country's history.

Constand's case was the only one that was within the statute of limitations.

After the courtroom was emptied, Cosby was handcuffed with his hands in front of him, and, holding his cane (he is legally blind), he was led to a hallway.

Cosby's first trial in 2017 ended with a hung jury. Chelan Lasha, who says Cosby assaulted her after giving her a pill in 1986.

"More than 60 other women have self-identified as sexual-assault victims of Bill Cosby", she had said in a statement given to Judge O'Neill.

Before the sentencing, Constand wrote a five-page letter to the court explaining how Cosby's assault - and the ensuing legal battle - had changed her life.