Bill Cosby Sentenced to 3 to 10 Years in Prison for Sexual Assault

Judge sentenced the 81-year-old for drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004.

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Stand-up comedian, actor, Bill Cosby leaving the Montgomery County Courthouse after Bill Cosby Change Of Venue Hearing on February 27, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. (Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)

In the first major resolution to a criminal case of the #MeToo era, Bill Cosby was sentenced to between three and 10 years in prison on Tuesday for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home in 2004.

Judge Steven O’Neill had already declared the disgraced actor a “sexually violent predator” on Tuesday morning before sentencing the 81-year-old.

This classification means that Cosby must undergo monthly counseling for the rest of life and his name will appear on a sex offender registry.

Ten women who had accused Cosby of sexual abuse, including Constand, were in the courthouse to witness the sentencing. Prosecutors had asked that he be sentenced to the maximum penalty of 10 years. The court previously released Constand’s full victim impact statement, in which she wrote, “Bill Cosby took my beautiful, healthy young spirit and crushed it,” according to The New York Times. 

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