LOS ANGELES, CA (FOX 11) - Bill Cosby was sentenced to 3 to 10 years in state prison by a Pennsylvania judge Tuesday, five months after he was convicted of sexually assaulting a former Temple University employee in his mansion in 2004.
The Montgomery County District Attorney confirmed the sentence on Twitter. The sentence includes a $25,000 fine and requires Cosby to pay for the cost of his prosecution.
According to the terms of the sentence, Cosby will serve a minimum of three years in prison and then become eligible for supervised release, although nothing promises his release at that time, reports Philadelphia public radio station WHYY. The judge denied Cosby’s bail request so he will be incarcerated immediately.
Cosby’s conviction on three counts of aggravated indecent assault came after the victim, Andrea Constand, said a man she had considered a mentor drugged her and sexually assaulted her. During the trial, Constand and five other women testified that Cosby had engaged in a similar pattern of behavior.
Cosby’s defense had denied the accusations, as well as similar allegations made against him by more than 60 women. The sex that occurred between Cosby, now 81, and Constand, now 45, was consensual, he claimed through his attorneys, and a Montgomery County jury that first heard Constand’s allegation in 2017 failed to reach a verdict.
Constand’s assault was the only one to result in criminal charges against Cosby.
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