Bill Cosby, the Man Once Known As America’s Dad, Is Heading to Prison

A judge today sentenced 81-year-old Bill Cosby to three to 10-years behind bars after earlier declaring the comedian a “sexually violent predator.”  The sentence is Cosby’s punishment for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman over a decade ago. The prosecution had requested a 5-to-10-year sentence.  Cosby was led away in handcuffs after being denied bail.  Judge Steven O’Neill told Cosby he would serve no less than three and no more than 10 years in state prison, in addition to levying a $25,000 fine and requiring the convicted sex offender to pay court costs.  Cosby’s sentence follows an April conviction on charges of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a Temple University basketball official he was mentoring.  Cosby declined the opportunity to speak before the sentence came down, and afterward he sat smiling, laughing, and chatting with his defense team.  Camille Cosby, his wife of 54 years, was not in court.  Constand smiled broadly upon hearing the punishment and was hugged by others in the courtroom.


Cosby removed his watch, tie, and jacket and walked out with hands cuffed in front of him.  The punishment came at the end of a two-day hearing at which the judge declared Cosby a “sexually violent predator.”

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Renee Nash, Director of Information and Public Affairs for WHUR, is a well-respected journalist who has covered a range of issues from local and national politics, to healthcare reform and civil rights. She has also spearheaded numerous award-winning projects including radiothons, town hall meetings and food and clothing drives. Over her 25-year career at WHUR, she has been a writer, reporter, producer and anchor. Renee serves on the boards of many organizations including the Edith P. Wright Breast Cancer Foundation and Sisters of Hope. She is the proud mom of Dominique and Delante.

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