Bill Cosby has been sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison for sexual assault. The 81-year-old comedian is now officially classified as a "sexually violent predator." The classification means he will be legally required to undergo counseling for life and he will be listed on a sex offender registery.
He declined to make a statement when Judge Steven O’Neill gave him the opportunity. His request for bail pending appeal was denied and he was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs.
IMPACT ON ANDREA CONSTAND
Upon sentencing Cosby, Judge O'Neill said: "Mr. Cosby you took her beautiful healthy young spirit and crushed it."
He told Constand that he "heard the very clear impact" the assault had on her life.
In an impact statement made public Tuesday, Constand said: "To truly understand the impact that the sexual assault has had on my life, you have to understand the person that I was before it happened."
The assault caused her to stop eating, sleeping and socializing, she said.
Cosby was arrested in 2015. A deadlocked jury resulted in a mistrial in June of 2017.
In April, Cosby was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault for drugging and molesting Temple University employee Andrea Constand in 2004. She was one of dozens of sexual assault accusers, but the only one whose case could be tried in court due to statute of limitations laws.
His wife, Camille, was not present at the sentencing, though two of his accusers—Lili Bernard and Janice Dickinson—were.