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Bill Cosby on Tuesday was sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison for his conviction on charges of drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University women’s basketball administrator Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004. He was declared a “sexually violent predator,” and will appear as such on a sex-offender registry for the rest of his life, reports The Associated Press.
The former comedian’s defense lawyer argued that Cosby was no longer a threat to the public due to his age, 81, and the fact that he is legally blind. Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill decided that prosecutors had presented “clear and convincing” proof otherwise.
Bill Cosby walking out of the courtroom in handcuffs: pic.twitter.com/qkf6dSVwnJ
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) September 25, 2018
Constand submitted a victim impact statement in support of a strong sentence for Cosby. “Bill Cosby took my beautiful, healthy young spirit and crushed it,” she wrote. “He robbed me of my health and vitality, my open nature, and my trust in myself and others.” Cosby opted not to make a statement when the judge gave him a chance to speak in court Tuesday.
Andrea Constand spoke very briefly yesterday, but submitted a much longer victim impact statement. Here it is in full: pic.twitter.com/Y0QCxpjoMl
— julia reinstein 🚡 (@juliareinstein) September 25, 2018
Cosby was facing up to 30 years in prison for three counts of indecent aggravated assault. More than 60 women have accused him of sexual misconduct, but only Constand’s report led to criminal charges. Cosby has been on house arrest since his conviction in April.
This article originally appeared on The Week.