Famed comedian Bill Cosby has been sentenced to three-to-ten years in state prison for the alleged drugging and assaulting of Andrea Constand in 2004. Cosby, 81, was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault in April. Cosby faced a maximum of ten years in prison after prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed to merging his three counts into one. Prosecutors wanted a five to ten year sentence but Cosby’s defense attorney countered by asking for a sentence of house arrest due to his age and blindness.
“This was a serious crime,” says Judge Stephen O’Neill who sentenced Cosby Tuesday afternoon, “Mr. Cosby, this has all circled back to you. The day has come, the time has come.”
Cosby, famous for his groundbreaking sitcoms The Cosby Show and A Different World, has fought allegations of sexual assault for years after accusations by dozens of women hit mainstream media in 2014.