Cosby previously was facing up to 30 years in prison, as the three charges on which he was convicted carry up to 10 years in prison each, but both sides agreed to merge them together for sentencing because they stemmed from the same encounter. "Being blind does not stop him from meeting people".
The sentences could be served concurrently by Mr. Cosby, who has said he is legally blind. You heard me, the jury heard me and Mr. Cosby heard me.
The comedian, TV star and breaker of racial barriers became the first celebrity of the #MeToo era to be sent to prison. Other than agreeing to a sentencing for Cosby, lawyers will also battle over whether he will be designated a sexually violent predator.
The 81-year-old could face up to ten years in prison on each count, which would most probably see him die behind bars. As a result, there's massive public attention being paid to the outcome with those coming out against Cosby wondering if the court will give him a pass in terms of punishment given his fame.
Constand tweeted a Bible verse earlier Monday.
Constand went to police a year after waking up in a fog at Cosby's estate, her clothes askew, only to have the district attorney pass on the case.
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In a statement submitted to the court and released Tuesday, Constand, 45, said that she has had to cope with years of anxiety and self-doubt.
"I think for a lot of survivors, they can see themselves in this story", she said.
She noted that Cosby "repeatedly engaged in grooming and sexual offending behavior with young adult females", and said individuals with a sexual disorder like his "are inclined, urged, to act upon this".
A state board has recommended that Cosby be classified a sexually violent predator, which would mandate community notification of his whereabouts and lifetime counseling.
Defense attorneys challenged Dudley's assessment that he would reoffend, saying that his age and blindness made it unlikely.
Sentencing is expected to last two days.
O'Neill's ruling on Cosby's status will not impact the ultimate sentence.
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Cosby's lawyers argue the law is unconstitutional. At least two of those women, Lise-Lotte Lublin and former model Janice Dickinson, were among those in the courtroom Monday. However, it likely boiled down to the five other women who testified against Cosby during trial.
Cosby arrived Monday and Tuesday with his spokespeople, Wyatt and Ebonee Benson.
The former "Cosby Show" star was convicted in April following a retrial. But when prosecutors asked the judge to revoke his bail because, they claimed, he has a private plane, Cosby stood up and yelled, "He doesn't have a plane, you a**hole", referring to himself in the third-person.
Green suggested that Cosby instead receive something akin to house arrest.
His lawyers have said he will appeal the conviction, which observers say could push the case up to Pennsylvania's highest court and take several years. Cosby could also be allowed to remain out of prison until his legal appeals are resolved.
The conviction came about 11 months after a mistrial was declared in Cosby's first trial when a jury failed to reach a verdict.
Steele quoted from chief accuser Andrea Constand's victim-impact statement, which said the attack had crushed her spirit.
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