Former comedian and Temple University trustee Bill Cosby has been sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison for convictions of drugging and sexually assaulting past Temple employee Andrea Constand.
The court reached this decision Tuesday afternoon after two days of sentencing in the Montgomery County Courthouse. Cosby has since then been processed at the Montgomery Correctional Facility in Eagleville, Pennsylvania. He was also fined $25,000 plus the costs of prosecution.
The 81-year-old was convicted in April on three counts of aggravated indecent assaults but his accounts were merged into one for sentencing.
Judge Steven O’Neill ruled that Cosby will be deemed a “sexually violent predator” for the rest of his life. This new status includes a lifetime registration and lifetime mandatory sex offender counseling with treatment. His surrounding areas will be notified that a “sexually violent predator” is present when appropriate.
Prosecutors were asking for 5-10 years maximum imprisonment. Cosby’s defense attorneys requested a sentence of house arrest, arguing his old age and blindness.
Andrea Constand submitted a victim impact statement to the court for Cosby’s sentencing, which was not read aloud. Constand was present in court Monday for the first day of sentencing and took the stand to testify. She sat in on Tuesday’s sentencing as well but did not offer any testimony.
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