Bill Cosby Sentenced To Spend 3 To 10 Years In Prison

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A Pennsylvania judge Tuesday sentenced Bill Cosby to 3 to 10 years in prison for three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault.

"He seemingly thinks that he hasn't done anything wrong".

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said the 81-year-old used his fame and fortune to "hide his true self and hide his crimes", intimidating his victims into keeping them silent for decades.

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Citing Cosby's frailty and blindness, Cosby's lawyers had asked for house arrest rather than prison time.

"The suggestion that Mr. Cosby is unsafe is not supported by anything other than the frenzy", Green said, as demonstrators gathered outside the courthouse.

The comedian - who is legally blind and uses a cane - removed his watch, tie and jacket and walked out in a white dress shirt and red suspenders, his hands cuffed in front of him.

She also accused Cosby of showing no remorse, as did Judge Steven O'Neill during the sentencing hearing.

Being labelled a sexually violent predator would make him subject to mandatory lifetime counselling and community notification of his whereabouts. It's not immediately clear if Cosby will actually be sentenced the same day.

The comic once known as America's Dad faced anywhere from probation to 10 years in prison after being convicted in April in the first celebrity trial after the #MeToo movement was popularised following a number of allegations against well-known individuals in October 2017.

"Gianna Constand, the mother of Andrea Constand, had surreptitiously and illegally made the recording of Mr. Cosby in 2005 without his knowledge or consent", the statement continued.

"To truly understand the impact that the sexual assault has had on my life, you have to understand the person that I was before it happened", it begins.

The hearing concluded Tuesday after testimony from a defense psychologist who says Cosby is no longer a danger, given his age, and should not be branded a "sexually violent predator". "All I'm asking for is justice as the court sees fit".

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The former Temple basketball player testified that she was helpless to stop Cosby's sexual advances after the comedian gave her some wine and three blue pills "to take the edge off".

"The behaviors are beyond their controls, so they are urged to act on it". Dickinson looked at Cosby after the sentence was announced and said: "Here's the last laugh, pal".

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Cosby himself did not address the court.

Five other accusers took the stand at the trial as part of an effort by prosecutors to portray him as a predator.

Cosby arrived Monday and Tuesday with his spokespeople, Andrew Wyatt and Ebonee Benson. Cosby did not testify at either of his two trials.

Ahead of 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.

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Andrea Constand had just a brief statement.

"The victims can not be un-raped".

"This is a very important day", she said. "Your time has come".

Camille Cosby, Bill Cosby's wife, said in a statement that she had retained a former prosecutor to facilitate her efforts to "uncover the truth" regarding what she says is a feud between O'Neill and Castor.

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