Some are sad and disappointed while others are satisfied that 81-year-old comedy icon Bill Cosby was sentenced today to serve three to ten years in a Pennsylvania State Prison.
Even though Cosby’s lawyers asserted that the elderly, high-profile comic accused of multiple sexual assaults was too old to be a danger to anyone and even requested that Cosby is granted bail pending his appeal, but that request was vehemently denied by Judge Steven T. O’Neil in the Montgomery County Courthouse today.
Cosby was convicted and sentenced for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004.
The punishment, seen as the first celebrity prison sentence in the #MeToo era, is on the higher-end of Pennsylvania’s guidelines for someone who has been convicted of aggravated indecent assault. Cosby’s lawyers argued over two days that the entertainer should be placed on house arrest. Prosecutors maintained that the maximum possible punishment of a decade of confinement was appropriate.
Cosby’s above photo was taken just hours after he was led by four Montgomery County Sheriff deputies out of the courtroom in handcuffs.