The day has finally come and Bill Cosby has been led out of court in handcuffs after being sentenced to 3 to 10 years in a Pennsylvania state prison.
Judge Steven O’Neill handed down the sentence ordering that the Comedian serve no less than 3 years after being convicted of three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and molesting former Temple University basketball coach, Andrea Constand. After hearing Constand’s emotional impact statement where she 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,” Judge O’Neill felt Cosby showed no remorse for his actions and the sentencing was justified.
“Mr. Cosby, this all circles back to you,” Judge O’Neill said. “The day has come. The time has come.”
To add insult to injury, Cosby’s defense team tried to go for leniency asking that prison be taken off the table in exchange for house arrest since he is legally blind and poses no threat to the community but the judge wasn’t having it.
“I am not permitted to treat him any differently because of who he is or who he was,” the judge added. “Of course, the higher the ascent, the sharper the fall. I recognize that impact on you, Mr. Cosby, and I am sorry for that.”
The first public figure to be tried under the “Me Too” Movement, Andrew Wyatt, a spokesperson for Cosby, says that the trial was the “most racist and sexist trial in the history of the United States.”
The 81-year-old will also be forced to register as a SVP (sexually violent predator) which will be sent to schools and people in his neighborhood and undergo counseling for the rest of his life. He also on the hook for a $25,000 fine.
Even if its a sad day for comedy, it was a great one for his accusers.
“See I got the last laugh pal,” model and accuser Janice Dickinson said in an outburst while starring straight at Cosby in court. He was accused of sexual assault by dozens of women but Constand’s was the only case that wasn’t affected by the statute of limitations.