Judge Hands Down Bill Cosby’s Sentence, Taken Straight To Prison
Bill Cosby arrived in court today, smiling, to receive his sentence and learn whether or not he would be classified as a “sexually violent predator.” The 81-year-old’s name will be included on the sex-offender registry. He will also undergo lifetime counseling and report quarterly to authorities.
During the court proceeding, he also learned that he would serve 3-10 years in the Pennsylvania state prison. He has been denied bail.
If he serves the full term, he will be 91-years-old when he’s released.
As the judge imposed the sentence, he said, “I’m not permitted to treat him any differently based on who he is or who he was. As she [Constand] said, Mr. Cosby, you took her beautiful, healthy young spirit and crushed it.” He told Constand, “I heard the very clear impact on your life.”
While there were dozens of accusations lodged against Cosby, over decades. He was ultimately convicted for the 2004 rape of Andrea Constand, the operations manager for Temple University’s women’s basketball program.
She said Cosby invited her to his home under the premise that they would discuss a career change.
When she arrived, Cosby offered her three blue pills that he said would help her relax. Constand took the pills because she believed it would help her. But in court, Constand said the pills caused her to slur her speech and impeded her ability to walk.
Afterward, Cosby helped her to the couch before he assaulted her.
“My mind is saying, ‘Move your hands. Kick. Can you do anything? I don’t want this. Why is this person doing this? And me not being able to react in any specific way. So I was limp. I was a limp noodle.”
The next morning, Cosby offered her breakfast. She drove home, took a shower and cried before going to work. Constand said she didn’t tell anyone about the assault until a year later, when she told her mother.
Constand testified during the trial, providing a victim impact statement which you can read below:
Cosby is reporting to prison now.