Judge Steven O’Neill of a Pennsylvania courtroom has sent 81-year-old actor Bill Cosby to prison after denying him bail over sexual assault accusation.
According to various reports, Cosby was sentenced to 3 to 10 years in state prison by the Judge O’Neil on Tuesday, September 25, 2018.
It was further reported that the comedian and actor, who was once touted as ‘America’s Dad’ was led out of courtroom in handcuffs immediately after his sentence.
Prosecutors asked for a sentence of 5 to 10 years in prison for Cosby but his defense attorney pleaded for a sentence of house arrest, stating advanced age and blindness as reasons.
Why judge denied Bill Cosby bail
According to a report by CNN, Judge O’Neil said the crime committed by Cosby is a serious crime.
“This is a serious crime he was convicted for. This is a sexual assault crime,” the judge said.
Continuing, he said,
“No one is above the law, and no one should be treated differently or dis-proportionally.
“Cosby would be sentenced regardless of “who he is or who he was.
“I have given great weight to the victim impact testimony in this case, and it was powerful,” O’Neill stated.
Reasons for Bill Cosby’s conviction
Cosby was found guilty in April 2018 of three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and sexually assaulting Temple University athletics administrator, Andrea Constand, in 2004.
Following Constand’s suit, dozens of women came forward accusing the actor of sexual misconduct during his 50-year career in entertainment industry.