Bill Cosby gets to 3 to 10 years for 2004 sex assault

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse after his first day of sentencing hearings in his sexual assault trial in Norristown

Judge Steven O'Neill said while announcing the sentencing that he can not treat Cosby differently "because of who he is or was".

"This was a serious crime", O'Neill said.

"Mr. Cosby is not risky", he said. "The time has come", O'Neill told him.

Not everyone shared the Chamber of Commerce's view after Cosby's sentencing Tuesday.

The comedian must also pay a fine of $20,000 as well as the prosecution's court costs.

Legendary comedian Bill Cosby has been sentenced to three to 10 years in prison following his conviction for three counts of sexual assault. Meanwhile, Cosby's lawyers had pushed for house arrest, citing their client's blindness, advanced age and declining health.

Once dubbed "America's Dad", comedian Bill Cosby, 81, has been labelled a "sexually violent predator" by a USA court, implying that he must undergo counselling for life and appear on the sex offenders' registry.

As the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania pointed out in their sentencing memorandum asking for the maximum prison time, "These assaults spanned decades and demonstrate an ingrained pattern of criminality". Kathy McKee, one of the women assaulted by Cosby, told CNN that learning of the sentence caused her to experience "very hard and deep emotions". However, most of those cases occurred outside the statute of limitations.

Cosby, who was found guilty in April, is the first celebrity to be convicted since the start of the #MeToo movement, the national reckoning with sexual misconduct that has brought down dozens of powerful men in entertainment, politics and other fields.

Prosecutors were seeking a sentence of five to 10 years in prison.

"I have testified, I have given you my victim impact statement", Constand said.

Lili Bernard and former model Janice Dickinson - both Cosby accusers present at the hearing - tweeted on Tuesday: "May justice be served!"

"The victims can not be un-raped". She said the comedian gave her bills and wine before raping her as she drifted in and out of consciousness.

Constand testified that Cosby knocked her out with pills, then molested her during an encounter at his home in 2004.

Cosby arrived Monday and Tuesday with his spokespeople, Andrew Wyatt and Ebonee Benson. State guidelines suggested a one to four-year sentence. However, judges are allowed to issuesentences beyond those guidelines.

Five other accusers took the stand at the trial as part of an effort by prosecutors to portray him as a predator.

Attorneys for Cosby sought Cosby's bail pending possible appeals, but that request was denied.

"This was a serious crime", the judge said during sentencing. Steele said in court Monday. "The jury thinks otherwise".

Bill Cosby had been on house arrest since the verdict.

Constand has only given one interview detailing the 2004 attack since the trial.

He urged a five- to 10-year prison sentence.

His first trial ended in a hung jury.

Under Pennsylvania law, a sexually violent predator is someone convicted of a sexually violent offense who has a mental abnormality or personality disorder that makes the person likely to engage in predatory sexually violent offenses. On Sept. 25, Bill was officially classified as a "sexually violent predator" before his sentencing.

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