Bill Cosby has been sentenced to state prison today after being convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman approximately 14 years ago.
The longtime comedian was handed a three to 10-year sentence for sexual assault. In addition, he has been deemed a “sexually violent predator” and must be listed on the sex offender registry.
Cosby was convicted in April of assaulting Andrea Constand, a Temple University employee at the time of the incident. He was originally arrested in December 2015 and was tried in court in 2017. The case ended in a hung jury.
In the second trial, Cosby was found guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent assault. In addition to Constand, five accusers came forward during the second trial to provide accounts of alleged sexual assaults.
The three counts of aggravated indecent assault were merged into a single count. Cosby originally faced a maximum of 30 years in prison. With the merger, he faces a maximum of 10 years.
Cosby’s lawyers have argued that prison is unsuitable for Cosby, who is 81 years of age and legally blind. However, Cosby’s legal team reportedly plans to appeal the conviction.