Bill Cosby sentencing

    By Chike Okafor
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    Bill Cosby mug shot. Photo courtesy of Montgomery County Correctional Facility.

    On Sept. 25, Bill Cosby was sentenced to 3 to 10 years in a state prison for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004, a former employee of Temple University.

    The actual conviction happened in April and Cosby was facing three felonies for aggravated indecent assault, with each felony containing ten years in prison for a maximum of thirty years.

    Judge Steven T. O’Neil considers the comedian to be a “sexually violent predator” who will have to register as a sex offender and go to counseling for the remainder of his life. The community will also be notified of Cosby and that he is a sex offender who lives in the area.

    After the sentencing, it is reported the he laughed out loud inside the courtroom and made jokes to his legal team.

    At least 60 women over the past half century have accused Bill Cosby of sexual misconduct, but Costand’s case was the only one that resulted in criminal charges and a conviction. This is because the statute of limitations had already expired. Despite the statute of limitations, 10 women have pending civil suits against Cosby for sexual assault or defamation when Cosby called them liars after he allegedly assaulted them.

    Bill Cosby has denied all the allegations against him and is planning with his lawyer to appeal the convictions. He did not testify at his own trial and did not make a statement during the hearing. Cosby’s spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, declared that the trial is “the most racist and sexist trial in the history of the United States.” Bill Cosby’s wife, Camille Cosby, stands by her husband and stated that, “Bill Cosby has been denied his right to a fair trial.”

    Cosby was booked into Montgomery County Correctional Facility and will be transferred to State Correctional Institution Phoenix State Prison. He has to pay 25 thousand dollars in fines and the costs of the prosecutions as part of his punishment.

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