On Tuesday, September 25th, 2018, the verdict of the drawn-out Bill Cosby sexual assault case was finally released.
Bill Cosby, formerly one of the most iconic entertainers in Hollywood and an adored philanthropist, had his life and reputation totally flipped upside down after more than 60 sexual assault allegations were made against him.
According to PEOPLE, Cosby has been confined to his Pennsylvania home and "only allowed to leave with the court’s permission only for doctor visits and to meet with his attorneys." His house arrest officially ended today, on September 25th, 2018, when we was sentenced to 3 to 10 years in state prison.
According to the Montgomery County District Attorney, Cosby’s sentence also includes a $25,000 fine and requires Cosby to pay for the cost of his prosecution. He is not permitted bail indefinitely.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the judge on Cosby’s case, Judge Steven T. O’Neill, made sure that Cosby would fully understand his that his action’s had consequences. Judge O'Neill shared, “It is time for justice in a court of law. The day has come. The time has come.”
Originally, he had faced a maximum of 30 years in prison — 10 years apiece for each of his three convictions. According to PEOPLE, his sentences combined the three counts into one. This is as allowed under Pennsylvania law when the offenses arise from a single incident. This decision has left people unhappy with his lowered sentence.
Cosby left the courtroom in handcuffs. At 81-years-old, he exited the courtroom slowly and with shame on his face. His wife Camille Cosby was nowhere to be seen.