Bill Cosby has been sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison for drugging and molesting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home.
Judge Steven O’Neill sentenced Cosby on Tuesday, five months after his conviction in the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.
Prosecutors were seeking a sentence of five to 10 years in prison. The defense asked for house arrest.
The 81-year-old comedian did not make a statement in court. Cosby sat back in his chair, his head on the headrest, as the sentence was read.
Cosby, 81, was sentenced by Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Steven O’Neill on three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault after a two-day hearing in which he declined to make a statement.
The entertainer was found guilty in April of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a former women’s basketball coach at Temple University in Philadelphia, where Cosby was a trustee, major donor and famous alumnus.
“The day has come. Your time has come,” O’Neill said before handing down the punishment.
The comedian, whose lawyers branded Constand a con artist and liar during his trial, had faced a possible punishment of five to 10 years in prison on each of the three charges.
O’Neill announced Monday that the prosecution and defense agreed to merge the three felony counts into one, exposing Cosby to a maximum of five to 10 years.
According to the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing, people convicted of aggravated indecent assault with no prior criminal record, like Cosby, received an average minimum of around 2 1/2 years in prison, and an average maximum of around six years.
The judge also ordered Cosby to pay Constand’s costs and a fine of $25,000.
Constand is one of about 60 women who have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct.