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His attorneys have filed an appeal in the case.

Comic legend Bill Cosby, a once-beloved father figure and moralizing African-American cultural icon, was sentenced to 3 to 10 years in state prison Tuesday in a sexual assault case that was capped by the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era. The DA still pushed for a 5-10 year sentence, while the defense requested house arrest, and the sentence appears to have landed solidly in middle ground.

The punishment, which also included a $25,000 fine, came at the end of a two-day hearing at which the judge declared Cosby a "sexually violent predator" a modern-day scarlet letter that subjects him to monthly counselling for the rest of his life and requires that neighbours and schools be notified of his whereabouts.

Once the reality of the sentence sunk in, the aging comedian began to shed the trappings of his wealth. - Mitchell Garabedian, a Boston lawyer who has represented many hundreds of clergy sex abuse victims since the 1990s.

Disgraced comedian and actor Bill Cosby was previously found guilty on all charges during his April sexual assault retrial in Pennsylvania.

"No one is above the law, and no one should be treated differently or disproportionally", Judge O'Neill said.

Bill Cosby faces a good chance of being sent to prison Tuesday when a judge is expected to sentence the TV star who was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman. "He robbed me of my health and vitality, my open nature, and my trust in myself and others", she added in a five-page victim impact statement.

Constand testified that Cosby knocked her out with pills, then molested her during an encounter at his home in 2004.

"But I'm very happy to know that Mr. Cosby will do time in prison - that he's touchable like he touched us", Lasha said.

"Because Constand's case is one of the few to fall within the statute of limitations, her trial is informally considered a representation of the large number of Cosby accusers".

"See, I got the last laugh, pal", Dickinson said.

"This judge. has actually given a rather lenient sentence", Napolitano said. Foley had met with Cosby, but said he had not read trial records or depositions, and he wasn't aware five other women had testified that they were also assaulted by Cosby.

Bill Cosby was convicted of drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand at his home in suburban Philadelphia in 2004
Bill Cosby was convicted of drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand at his home in suburban Philadelphia in 2004

Cosby arrived Monday and Tuesday with his spokespeople, Andrew Wyatt and Ebonee Benson.

When prosecutors told Cosby in court he would not have to inform Constand of his movements himself but that a proxy would do so, he replied: "Good!"

In a sentencing memorandum, prosecutors said that "extraordinary display of disrespect" was evidence of "who this convicted criminal defendant actually is". "The jury thinks otherwise".

Green also downplayed the outburst on Monday, saying that "Mr. Cosby's frustration got the better of him".

Although the crime carries a maximum of 10 years in prison, Pennsylvania sentencing guidelines provide a range of 22 and 36 months, although the length of sentence can go up an additional year for "aggravated circumstances".

Cosby maintains his innocence, and his lawyers plan to appeal his conviction.

Cosby has been denied bail, and taken into custody.

A trial in 2017 ended with a hung jury, but in a second trial this year, multiple women were allowed to testify, making allegations that were similar to those by Constand.

A judge has ruled that Bill Cosby is a "sexually violent predator".

"The behaviors are beyond their controls, so they are urged to act on it".

Under Pennsylvania law, a sexually violent predator is someone convicted of a sexually violent offense who has a mental abnormality or personality disorder that makes the person likely to engage in predatory sexually violent offenses.

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