Bill Cosby has been sentenced to three to ten years in state prison for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in his home in April 2004.
When handing down his sentence, Judge Steven O'Neill said he is "not permitted to treat [Cosby] any differently based on who he is or who he was." “This was a serious crime," the judge offered. “Mr. Cosby this has all circled back to you. The day has come, the time has come.” The judge also ruled Cosby is a “sexually violent predator.”
And when Cosby's lawyer asked for bail, O'Neill told him he has "no right to it," adding, quote: “I’ve imposed sentencing at this stage, if you want to take it up with another court, you can.” Cosby spent a few hours in county jail yesterday before heading to SCI Phoenix, a 3,830-bed lockup that opened two months ago.
- Before Cosby even left the courthouse, Cosby’s publicist lit off before cameras. “This has been the most racist and sexist trial in the history of the United States,” said Andrew Wyatt, who added that some of those who testified against Cosby were "white women who make money off of accusing black men of being sexual predators.”
- Cosby's wife, Camille, appears to be totally standing by her man - even though she was absent in court yesterday. In a statement, Mrs. Cosby says her husband was "denied his right to a fair trial" and convicted on "falsified evidence." She also noted that their legal team is already working on next steps.
- Of course, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele sees things differently. "Finally, Bill Cosby has been unmasked,” he offered. “And we saw the real man as he is headed off to prison.” And who is ‘that’ man? One who was seen laughing moments after he was sentenced.