Bill Cosby was found guilty of sexual assault in April and now the 81-year-old famed comedian will face his fate this week for the sexual assault against Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.
Due to be sentenced in the coming days, he could face probation, house arrest or be sent to prison for up to 30 years.
The guilty verdict came after Cosby was accused by dozens of women for sexual misconduct, stemming from over the decades, however, Constand’s allegations are the only ones that have resulted in criminal charges.
The jury, made up of seven men and five women, deliberated for 14 hours in April following the two-week retrial at Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania. The jurors spent 12 days hearing lawyers’ arguments and testimony from witnesses, including Constand and five other women, who claimed they were also drugged and sexually assaulted by the comedian.
In terms of his sentence, each of the three counts carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, meaning he could potentially be handed a 30 year sentence, although this isn’t likely to happen. Even if he was handed these sentences they would likely be served concurrently, meaning he could only be in prison for a maximum of 10 years.
Retired New Jersey superior court judge Michael Donio told reporters that an average person with no criminal record would get around five years in prison for these crimes, however, given Cosby’s age, charitable work and testimony from other women during the case and the time that has elapsed since the assault took place, he will likely receive less. There is also the possibility of house arrest due to Cosby saying he is completely blind.
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