Bill Cosby escorted from courtroom in handcuffs after judge denied him bail during pending appeals. Cosby was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison. https://t.co/npXXbWAIM8 pic.twitter.com/jSfUwsawLb
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Bill Cosby, 81 years old, has been sentenced to prison, and will not be allowed to remain free on bail pending an appeal. He’s in jail right now, headed to prison. And yet, the story still has twists and turns as we find out more about Cosby’s final moments before, and the first moments after, learning his fate.
Cosby reportedly burst into a fit of laughter just moments after he was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison for a 2004 sex assault conviction.
Cosby was cracking jokes with his legal team in a Montgomery County court as sheriff’s officers took him into state custody, the New York Post reported. The Associated Press also reported that he was laughing and cracking jokes after the sentencing was over.
The Post report said that Cosby, who is now a convicted sex offender, handed over his wallet, tie, and watch to authorities. According to AP, Cosby is legally blind and uses a cane.
“My reasons for the sentence are the reasons I’m relying on in denying this defendant bail. This is a serious crime he’s been sentenced for,” Judge Steven O’Neill said in court.
“For decades, the defendant has been able to hide his true self and hide his crimes using his fame and fortune. He’s hidden behind a character created, Dr. Cliff Huxtable,” Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said on Sept. 25, AP reported. “Now, finally, Bill Cosby has been unmasked, and we have seen the real man as he is headed off to prison,” he said.