Bill Cosby To Be Sentenced In 2-Day Hearing Starting Monday
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Bill Cosby will be sentenced Monday after being convicted back in April of three counts of sexual assault. The disgraced comedians’ hearing will take two days thanks to Judge Steven O’Neill, who was considering allowing up to 60 women give “victim impact statements” on how Cosby’s alleged actions affected them. Eventually, however, only six will speak this week. The Cosby Show creator was convicted of three counts of sexually assaulting former colleague and friend Andrea Constand at his Pennsylvania-area home back in 2004.
The 81-year-old comedian faces up to 30 years in prison, although in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania there is no mandatory sentencing. Cosby’s team of lawyers, regardless, will appeal the sentencing. The sentencing hearing will also determine if Cosby will be designated a violent sexual predator under Pennsylvania law, which the State recommended after Cosby’s mental state was reviewed back in July. The designation would have no affect on his length of time in prison, potentially. If Cosby’s representation loses the battle against him being classified as a violent sex offender, he will have to submit to a lifetime of counseling and monitoring. The final judgment on whether or not he will receive the designation will be made by the presiding Judge O’Neill.