Bill Cosby Sentenced to Prison; How Long Will He Serve?

Bill Cosby may spend the rest of his life in prison.

The disgraced comedian was sentenced to three-10 years behind bars on Tuesday, following his conviction in April on charges of drugging and raping Andrea Constand in 2004.

He will serve this time in state prison.

Cosby is currently 81 years old, so you can do the math in terms of whether he ever walks out of the big house a free man.

But many people will say this is the justice he deserves.

After more than 60 women came forward over the past few years and accused him of sexual assault, the public outcry was intense.

Heck, many people will say he deserves a far harsher punishment than he was handed today, but it’s no slap on the wrist.

Prior to his sentencing, Cosby was officially labeled a “sexually violent predator.”

This means his name will appear on a sex-offender registry, which is sent to neighbors and schools.

He also must commit to lifetime counseling and has been ordered to report quarterly to authorities.

Also in court Tuesday, prosecutors released Constand’s complete victim impact statement.

It was five pages in length and it detailed the harrowing experience of being sexually assaulted by Cosby, along with how this incident continued to plague her through life… up to and including today.

“I wasn’t sure what had actually happened but the pain spoke volumes,” she wrote of what transpired, adding:

“The shame was overwhelming. Self-doubt and confusion kept me from turning to my family or friends as I normally did.”

“I felt completely alone, unable to trust anyone, including myself…”

“The psychological, emotional and financial bullying included a slander campaign in the media that left my entire family reeling in shock and disbelief,” continued Constand in a lengthy message that we’ve excerpted below.

Focusing on the period shortly after the rape, during which she still had to work with Cosby in the Temple University athletic department, Constand wrote:

“The sound of his voice over the phone felt like a knife going through my guts.

“The sight of the man who drugged and sexually assaulted me coming into the basketball office filled me with dread…”

Following a mistrial in the summer of 2017, Cosby’s re-trial lasted 13 days this past spring.

It included testimony from Constand and five other women who claim they were also drugged and sexually assaulted by the disgusting star.

Despite the influx of women who have accused him of these heinous crimes, Cosby has maintained his innocence.

He’s even joked about the allegations and said at times that the women (like, ALL the women) were simply racist and had it out for him; a very famous African-American role model.

Seriously, Cosby has to be one of the worst handful of people on the planet.

Over two days in mid-April, however, Constand testified that Cosby gave her wine and three blue pills to “take the edge off” before he sexually assaulted her at his home near Philadelphia in January of 2004.

“When the sexual assault happened, I was a young woman brimming with confidence and looking forward to a future bright with possibilities,” she wrote the aforementioned impact statement.

“Now, almost 15 years later, I’m a middle-aged woman who’s been stuck in a holding pattern for most of her adult life, unable to heal fully or to move forward.”

Throughout this entire ordeal, Cosby’s wife, Camille, and his daughters – Erika, Errin and Evin – have stood by the star’s side.

Camille even released a lengthy, blistering statement after her husband’s conviction five months ago, in which she said in part:

“This is mob justice, not real justice.”

That was her say at the time.

Bill Cosby Arrest: Celebrated by Stars Everywhere!

Start Gallery

But Judge Steven T. O’Neill got the final say in court this afternoon, stating simply:

“It is time for justice in a court of law. The day has come. The time has come.”

UPDATE: Cosby was denied bail in court, handcuffed and taken straight to jail.

Source: Read Full Article