Published: Mon, September 24, 2018

Sexual assault: Bill Cosby faces 30 years in prison

Sexual assault: Bill Cosby faces 30 years in prison

Two of the women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault decades ago say they hope he will be sentenced to prison time this week.

Cosby is due in court for a two-day sentencing hearing beginning on Monday, where Judge Steven O'Neill will decide his fate at the Montgomery county courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

Cosby is legally blind and uses a cane, something his lawyers are certain to point out along with his achievements and philanthropy.

The 81-year-old Cosby's potential sentence ranges from the 30-year maximum term to probation. He has remained out of prison for the past five months on $1 million bail, and his lawyers said they plan to appeal his convictions.

On Saturday, TMZ reported that authorities close to the case have expressed that such an arrangement won't cut it for those invested in seeing Cosby brought to justice and that Constand's team "will push for the disgraced comedian/felon to be immediately hauled off to prison once the judge sentences him Monday AM".

The pioneering comedian and award-winning actor was found guilty April 26 on three counts of aggravated indecent assault, each punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Cosby's life is now in the judge's hands. literally.

As of yesterday, Cosby was not listed on the state's sex offender registry.

O'Neill will also consider whether Cosby should be classified as a sexually violent predator.

Ms Constand said she had viewed him as a "mentor" before he abused her.

However, the New York Times reports that the judge has denied a prosecution request to allow women to testify at the sentencing hearing whose allegations of molestation did not lead to criminal charges.

No matter Cosby's sentence, the guilty verdicts already have triggered an outpouring of emotion from his victims.

Cosby and his wife, Camille, have spent much of the past four decades living on their secluded, wooded estate along the Deerfield River in Shelburne Falls in western MA. "I feel like my faith in humanity is restored".

At issue was a "nasty" personal conflict involving a prior district attorney, Bruce Castor, Cosby's team argued.

In a prepared statement, Camille Cosby announced she'd brought on Brian W. Perry "to facilitate my efforts to uncover the truth". If he wanted to leave the state for another home, he'd have to arrange it ahead of time and wear a Global Positioning System monitoring device, O'Neill ruled in April.

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