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Bill Cosby sentenced to three to 10 years in prison

Bill Cosby was sentenced Tuesday to three to 10 years in state prison by a Pennsylvania judge for conviction of sexual assault in 2004, according to news reports.

“No one is above the law. And no one should be treated differently or disproportionately because of who they are or because of wealth, celebrity or even philanthropy,” Judge Steven O’Neill said Monday.

{mosads}Cosby, who is legally blind, faces a maximum of 10 years in prison for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home 14 years ago. 

Prosecutors on Monday requested that O’Neill sentence Cosby to five to 10 years behind bars. His defense team asked the judge to sentence Cosby only to house arrest. 

O’Neill also denied Cosby’s defense team’s request for bail pending appeal.

Media footage showed him being led away in handcuffs following the sentencing.

Cosby, 81, was convicted in April on three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and sexually assaulting Constand. Prosecutors and Cosby’s defense team agreed to merge the three counts into one, since they all stemmed from the same incident.

O’Neill on Tuesday told Cosby that he took Constand’s “beautiful, young spirit and … crushed it.”

Earlier Tuesday, O’Neill ruled Cosby a “sexually violent predator,” which means he must now be registered as a sex offender and included in registries sent to neighbors, schools and victims. He will also undergo lifetime counseling and report to authorities quarterly. 

The sentence puts a punctuation mark on a stunning fall from grace for the formerly beloved TV star. In the years since Constand first came forward with her accusation against the former “Cosby Show” star, more than 60 additional women have accused him of sexual misconduct, often involving drugs.


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