Bill Cosby, once popular for his comedy features, has been sentenced to up to ten years in prison for sexual assault.
Judge Steven O’Neill of the Montgomery County Court of Common sentenced Bill Cosby, who had been out on bail to immediate imprisonment.
According to BBC, Cosby, who was found guilty in April of three counts of aggravated indecent assault, would be listed in the sexual offenders register and must undergo counselling for life.
“This was a serious crime, Mr. Cosby, this has all circled back to you. The day has come, the time has come,” Judge O’Neill said during the sentence hearing.
Arguing Cosby sentence, the prosecutor, District Attorney Kevin Steele asked the judge on Monday to sentence Cosby to five to 10 years in state prison for the 2004 sexual assault of Andrea Constand, saying he had shown “no remorse” for his actions.
However, Joseph P. Green, Cosby’s defense counsel, urged the court to place his client on house arrest, citing Cosby’s advanced age and blindness.
He said: “Eighty-one-year-old blind men who are not self-sufficient are not a danger, unless perhaps to themselves.”
Cosby was convicted for drugging and sexually molesting Andrea Constand in 2004.
Describing how the assault, which happened in 2004, had impacted her life, Constand said: “”Bill Cosby took my beautiful, healthy young spirit and crushed it. He robbed me of my health and vitality, my open nature and my trust in myself and others.”
He has also been accused by 60 other women of sexual assault, but no other charges have been filed so far.