Breaking news: the Cosby case is finally coming to a close after nearly 14 years. William Henry Cosby, Jr., known simply as “Bill Cosby,” was led away from the courtroom in handcuffs this week after being sentenced to serve three to 10 years in jail. The judge presiding over the case also labeled him as a violent sex offender. The man who once was called “America’s favorite father” may no longer be the same.
• Although Cosby was accused by multiple women, his current sentence relates to just one case involving Andrea Costrand. The actor was officially found guilty of drugging and raping Costrand.
• Defense attorneys attempted to argue for freeing Cosby on bail on the basis that his age (81) made him vulnerable and likely to experience extreme harm if placed in a state jail. However, Judge O’Neil summarily denied the request. “This was a serious crime,” he said. “Mr. Cosby, this has all circled back to you. The day has come, the time has come.”
• Interestingly, reporters noticed something unusual about this session in court. Unlike previous court appearances, Cosby seemed inhibited, quieter, and less willing to speak to the press. It was also noted that his wife and children, who stood by his side at nearly every other court appearance, were not present.
• Cosby was also officially designated a “sexually violent predator.” If he survives jail time, he will be required to register as a sex offender for life and will be forced to attend mandated counseling. If he moves into a new community, they must be notified that a sexually violent criminal is moving in. Lastly, he is required to pay $25,000 in restitution.
• Although Costrand’s case was the only case within the statute of limitations, and thus, other victims couldn’t have their accusations tried in a court of law, they and others associated with them were present for the sentencing. This includes supermodel Janice Dickinson and Gloria Allred, who represents a long list of women who were allegedly assaulted by Cosby.
• Although Cosby was convicted, he is expected to appeal – potentially, multiple times – to have the ruling overturned. Until that happens, he will not be released on bail and will be held at Montgomery Prison.