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Bill Cosby sentenced to 3 to 10 years for sexual assault

NORRISTOWN, Pa. - Comedian Bill Cosby was sentenced to 3 to 10 years in state prison and classified as a sexually violent predator on Tuesday.

Cosby, 81, was found guilty in April of three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia estate in 2004.

In handing down his ruling, Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill said no one is above the law and referenced how brave Andrea Constand was through the process.

"No one is above the law and no one should be treated differently or disproportionally," O'Neill said.

O'Neill continued: Cosby would be sentenced regardless of "who he is or who he was." 

"I have given great weight to the victim impact testimony in this case, and it was powerful," he added.

Prior to sentencing, O'Neill declared Cosby a "sexually violent predator."

The classification means that Cosby must undergo monthly counseling for the rest of his life and report quarterly to authorities. His name will appear on a sex-offender registry sent to neighbors, schools and victims.

Gloria Allred, an attorney who represented some of Cosby's accusers, applauded the "just outcome" in a statement after the sentencing.

"This has been a long journey to justice for all of the accusers, particularly for Andrea Constand and for her family. And we respect the fact that they have undergone and endured this journey to justice," Allred said, speaking to reporters.

Cosby was escorted out of the courtroom he was sentenced. He was seen leaving in handcuffs after the judge denied him bail.

He was also fined $25,000 and ordered to pay the prosecution costs for the trial. 

Cosby assaulted Constand, a Temple University women's basketball administrator, at his suburban Philadelphia estate in 2004.

The sentence is nearly identical to what prosecutors asked the judge to hand down on Monday.

"This is about a person who put himself in a situation of being a mentor, but we know he had other intentions just from the beginning," District Attorney Kevin Steele said. "We know that from the statements he made. What he saw in Andrea the first time he laid eyes on her. What his plan was. To get to the point they were going to get to. And that didn't involve consent."

Constand spoke in court Monday asking for "Justice as the court sees fit," according to CNN.

She smiled as she left the courtroom, according to CNN.

Cosby's attorneys are planning to appeal the conviction.

 


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