BREAKING: Bill Cosby Sentenced to 3 to 10 Years in Jail for Sexual Assault

A Pennsylvania judge has sentenced actor and comedian Bill Cosby from three to ten years in prison after his convictions on charges of sexual assault.

A Pennsylvania judge has sentenced actor and comedian Bill Cosby from three to ten years in prison after his convictions on charges of sexual assault.

The actor was sentenced in a Montgomery County in Norristown, Pennsylvania, courtroom on Tuesday.

According to CBS Philly:

Bill Cosby learned his fate inside a Montgomery County courtroom on Tuesday. The 81-year-old actor and comedian has been sentenced to three to 10 years in a state facility for sexually assaulting a former Temple University employee at his home in 2004.

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Judge Steven O’Neill handed down a sentence of no less than three years and no more than 10 behind bars.

O’Neill also ruled Cosby as a “sexually violent predator.” The classification means that Cosby must undergo lifetime counseling and report quarterly to authorities. His name will appear on a sex-offender registry sent to neighbors, schools and victims.

Cosby was found guilty in April on three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Jurors convicted Cosby of sexually assaulting Andrea Constand without consent, while she was impaired and after incapacitating her.

Each count carried a sentence up to 10 years in prison. State guidelines suggested a one to four-year sentence. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele asked the judge to sentence Cosby to five to 10 years in prison.

More than 60 other women accused Cosby of sexual misconduct during his 50-year show business career. O’Neill allowed five of them to testify at trial, while others came to watch the court proceedings. Steele wanted some of them to speak at the sentencing, but O’Neill ruled out the testimony of most of the other accusers, other than the five trial witnesses.

Cosby’s lawyers had hoped that his advanced age would be taken into account and he would not be given jail time for his convictions. But it was not to be. He will be serving a minimum of three years.

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