Bill Cosby was sentenced to between three and 10 years in prison on Tuesday for sexually assaulting a woman, capping the once-beloved comedian's downfall from "America's Dad" to convicted felon. Meanwhile, Cosby's lawyers had pushed for house arrest, citing their client's blindness, advanced age and declining health.
That has since been eclipsed by his conviction for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a former administrator at his alma mater Temple University, in his Philadelphia-area home in 2004. Reactions to the sentence varied, with some saying they were glad the disgraced comedian was headed to prison, others saying he deserved more time, and a number of people drawing comparisons to other prominent figures accused of sexual misconduct.
Throughout the nearly two-day sentencing, the prosecution reiterated Cosby's crimes and what they call his "predatory" nature: "He violated Ms. Constand's trust, which, unbeknownst to her, he spent time and energy cultivating with the specific intent of having sexual contact with her". Cosby was denied bail and serves the full term, he'll be 91 when he's released.
On Monday, chief prosecutor Kevin Steele castigated Cosby for expressing no remorse.
After inviting her to his mansion in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, Constand said that Cosby drugged and raped her.
She says the Cosby team's subsequent attacks on her character left her with "insurmountable stress and anxiety".
According to the state sentencing guidelines for similar offenses, Cosby could have conceivably gotten anywhere between 22 and 36 months in prison (plus or minus 12 months).
Finding it was appropriate to deem him as such after powerful testimony from the prosecution, Cosby will now be placed under lifetime registration with state police, lifetime sex offender counseling and a community notification will also be given.Читайте также: Rouhani warns USA on sanctions, does not rule out talks
Cosby first faced a judge in the sexual assault case in 2017.
Prosecutors are asking for a sentence of five to 10 years in prison.
O'Neill also chose to designate Cosby a "sexually violent predator" under Pennsylvania law.
O'Neill said he gave substantial weight to the impact of the sexual assault on victim Andrea Constand, who was seated in the courtroom when the sentence was announced.
"This judge. has actually given a rather lenient sentence", Napolitano said. "An 81-year-old blind man is not self-sufficient". "So lenient that I nearly wouldn't be surprised if Cosby's people only file an appeal of the guilty verdict".
Prosecutors were seeking a sentence of five to 10 years in prison.
His first trial ended in a hung jury.
The judge ruled on Cosby's sex-offender status after a defence psychologist, Timothy Foley, testified that the chances of the comedian committing another sex offence are "extraordinarily low" because he is old, legally blind and needs help getting around.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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