“America’s dad” is going to prison.
Bill Cosby, the disgraced comedian-turned-felon convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand, was sentenced to at least three years in state prison on Tuesday, and could face a maximum 10 years behind bars — essentially amounting to a life sentence.
The 81-year-old former actor and namesake of the long-running hit ’80s sitcom “The Cosby Show,” was found guilty in April on three counts of aggravated indecent assault in a retrial of a Pennsylvania sexual assault case, which determined beyond a reasonable doubt that he attacked Constand in his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. His prison sentence is considered the first of the #MeToo era.
Nearly 60 women have stepped forward to accuse Cosby — once known as “America’s dad” from his role on the NBC show — of sexual assault, but many of the allegations are too old to pursue in criminal court under statutes of limitation. (The first trial regarding Constand’s case ended in a deadlocked jury in 2017, and is the only case thus far that has resulted in a conviction.)
Prosecutors had asked for five to 10 years in prison.
In Constand’s case, Cosby previously faced up to 30 years in prison, or a maximum of 10 years for each charge against him. In the five months since his conviction, Cosby had remained out on bail. Cosby paid out a $3.4 million settlement to Constand in 2006 as part of a civil lawsuit.
Constand said in a victim impact statement released Tuesday that “life as I knew it” ended the night Cosby attacked her, saying she’s since faced “insurmountable stress and anxiety.”
Before Cosby’s sentencing hearing began this week, she simply posted a Bible verse on Twitter.
Cosby’s attorneys argued Monday that it was unconstitutional and too punitive for Cosby to be subjected to lifetime registration with state police as a “sexually violent predator.” The judge ruled Monday that it’s constitutional for such requirements to be imposed — at least as the issue is pending before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court — and further ruled Tuesday that Cosby should be designated as a sexually violent predator.
His lawyers also asked for house arrest rather than prison time, given his age, according to Reuters.
Cover: Bill Cosby arrives for his sentencing hearing at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Norristown, Pa.
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