PHILADELPHIA, PA (CelebrityAccess) — Disgraced comedian Bill Cosby has been sentenced to three to ten years in state prison for the drugging and sexual assault of Andrea Constand.
Bill Cosby faced a maximum of 10 years after his defense team reached a deal with prosecutors to merge the three counts of his conviction into one for sentencing purposes.
The state sentencing guidelines recommend 22 to 36 months in prison, plus or minus 12 months because of aggravating or mitigating circumstances.
Prosecutors sought a sentence of five to 10 years in prison. Cosby’s defense team had asked that he be confined to his home, noting that his blindness would make prison difficult for the 81-year-old comedian.
Cosby was convicted in April of three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a Temple University women’s basketball operations director whom he lured into his home after promising to mentor her in 2004.
Constand was the only woman among dozens of accusers to bring criminal charges against the disgraced comedian. The prosecution resulted in a hung jury when it was first tried in 2017, resulting in a mistrial.
Cosby’s sentencing marks a stunning fall from grace for the comedian, who was once regarded as America’s dad after his portrayal of the affable patriarch Cliff Huxtable in the long-running NBC sit-com The Cosby Show.
Cosby, who grew up poor in Philadelphia, became the first African-American actor to be featured in a network television series when he co-starred in “I Spy” and the first first African American actor to win an Emmy.
However, his reputaton began to wane in the 2000s, at first due to his seemingly shallow moralizations about the plight of African-American youth and then more seriously starting in 2014 as a parade of women that eventually numbered 60 accusers, claimed that Cosby had sexually assaulted them, often with the aid of drugs.