Bill Cosby Sentenced To 3 To 10 Years In Prison, Will Be Registered As A Sex Offender
"The day has come, the time has come," the trial's judge said.
September 25, 2018 at 6:58 pm
Bill Cosby has been sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison for the drugging and sexual assault of Andrea Constand.
"This was a serious crime," Judge Steven O'Neill said on Tuesday afternoon, as he announced the 81-year-old's sentencing in a Montgomery County, Pennsylvania courtroom, CNN reports. "Mr. Cosby, this has all circled back to you. The day has come, the time has come."
Bill Cosby sentenced to 3 to 10 years in state prison.— Montgomery County DA (@MontcopaDA) September 25, 2018
According to KTUU, Cosby declined to make a statement during the hearing.
Ten women who have accused the man once known as "America's Dad" of sexual abuse were present during the sentencing hearing, including Constand, according to the New York Times.
“Bill Cosby took my beautiful, healthy young spirit and crushed it,” said Constand during her victim impact statement.
One woman rose from her seat, her fist in the air, and shouted, "Yesssss!" as the ruling was announced.
Judge O'Neill also labeled Cosby a "sexually violent predator," and ruled Cosby must be officially registered on the national sex offender list, which is distributed to victims, schools and neighborhoods, FOX News reports. Being on the list often restricts where sexual offenders can live and work.
A jury of his peers found Cosby guilty of all counts during the actor and comedian's retrial back in April, which is considered the first high profile case within the #MeToo era.
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