Bill Cosby Sentence: 3 to 10 years for sexual assault

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Wed Sep 26, 2018 11:20 am

Disgraced comedian Bill Cosby has been sentenced by a Pennsylvania judge to a prison term of 3 to 10 years in a state prison. This comes after a jury found him guilty in April of sexual offences. An earlier trial had resulted in a hung jury.

Though dozens of women have accused Cosby of sexually molesting them over a period spanning decades, the statue of limitations had expired, thereby shielding the comedian from prosecution. Only one case, that of Andrea Constand, was deemed to be within the statue because it happened in 2004. Some of the other accusers ended up being called as witnesses by the prosecution.

For decades, Cosby was lovingly referred to as "America's dad" due to his wildly popular show that portrayed him as a successful doctor. The Cosby Show also championed family values. His fall from grace has come as a shock to many who were inspired by his comedic genius. At 81 years old, his legacy is now in tatters.

After the sentencing, the next step is to conduct a medical evaluation so as to determine which prison is suited for him. Cosby's lawyers have stated that he's legally blind, so it's still unclear whether he suffers from any other medical condition.

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-30194819