Bill Cosby sentenced to 3 to 10 years

Bill Cosby deemed a sexually violent predator, judge rules

Bill Cosby deemed a sexually violent predator, judge rules

Disgraced television icon Bill Cosby was sentenced to at least three years in prison, handcuffed and taken into custody on Tuesday for sexually assaulting a woman at his Philadelphia mansion 14 years ago.

In April, Cosby was convicted of three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and assaulting Constand, a Temple University employee.

A publicist for once-beloved actor Bill Cosby complained that the star's conviction and three- to 10-year prison term for sexual assault stem from a racist and sexist justice system. "We're glad the judgment day has finally come for Mr. Cosby". The time has come.

As recently as 2014, Cosby had deals with Netflix and NBC - projects that were shelved only after a number of women stepped forward to accuse Cosby of sexual assault. Cosby will serve a minimum of three years and then be eligible for supervised release, according to NPR.

Steele said Cosby could be sent to Laurel Highlands, a state prison for lower-risk inmates on the other side of the state, about 70 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. He was also denied bail and led out of the courtroom in handcuffs. O'Neill spoke directly to Cosby in announcing his sentence: "You claimed her silence was consent", he said.

His lawyers have already vowed to appeal the conviction.

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His stumble comes after Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill classified him a "sexually violent predator" during Cosby's hearing, which spanned two days.

But only one case had not surpassed the statute of limitations: the alleged assault of Andrea Constand.

"Bill Cosby took my lovely, healthy young spirit and crushed it", she wrote.

Cosby's lawyers had fought the "sexually violent predator" designation, arguing that Pennsylvania's sex-offender law remains unconstitutional despite several revisions.

In a retrial held in April in Pennsylvania, 81-year-old Cosby was convicted of drugging and molesting former basketball player Andrea Constand.

Constand is one of about 60 women who have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct.

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In a two paragraph statement given to KDKA-TV News, CMU said it has a long and unwavering commitment and it will not tolerate sexual violence of any kind.

Psychologists who testified on Monday and Tuesday differed on whether Cosby represented a continuing threat that merits the sexual predator classification. He fined Cosby $25,000 (€21,300) and ordered him to pay the costs of the prosecution, calling Cosby's crime "very serious". "He robbed me of my health and vitality, my open nature, and my trust in myself and others", she added in a five-page victim impact statement.

In a 2014 interview with ET Online, Dickinson said Cosby drugged and raped her in 1982 after dinner in Lake Tahoe.

Earlier in the day, O'Neill declared the former TV star a "sexually violent predator".

"If she hadn't been able to stand in court, we wouldn't be standing here today", Welles said.

In a sentencing memorandum, prosecutors said that "extraordinary display of disrespect" was evidence of "who this convicted criminal defendant actually is".

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"Bill Cosby took my handsome, healthy young spirit and crushed it", Constand wrote.

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