Bill Cosby is going to spend the next 3-10 years behind bars. He removed his watch, tie and jacket in the courtroom before being escorted out in handcuffs while carrying his walking stick.
‘This was a serious crime. It is time for justice. Mr Cosby, this has all circled back to you. The time has come,’ O’Neill said in sentencing him. ‘No one is above the law, and no one should be treated differently.’
The punishment came at the end of a two-day hearing at which the judge also declared Cosby a ‘sexually violent predator’. Cosby must undergo lifetime counseling and report quarterly to authorities. His name will also appear on a sex-offender registry sent to neighbors, schools and victims.
Pennsylvania authorities on Tuesday afternoon released Bill Cosby‘s booking photo after he was sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison following his conviction for sexual assault.
In the photo the now 81-year-old disgraced entertainer does not look at the camera, instead casting his eyes downward.
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In comments after the hearing, Cosby’s publicist, Andrew Wyatt, spoke out in provocative terms about the sentence, which he claimed followed “the most racist and sexist trial in the history of the United States.”
“They persecuted Jesus and look what happened,” Wyatt said. “I’m not saying Mr. Cosby’s Jesus but we know what this country has done to black men for centuries.”