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Bill Cosby sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison; denied bail

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Updated September 25, 2018 02:56 PM EDT

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Judge denies Bill Cosby bail; 81-year-old to be locked up immediately.

Updated September 25, 2018 02:34 PM EDT

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A judge has told Bill Cosby that he's not entitled to bail while the 81-year-old comedian appeals his sexual assault conviction.

Judge Steven O'Neill sentenced Cosby on Tuesday to three to 10 years in state prison. His lawyers are arguing that Cosby should remain on home confinement pending appeals. O'Neill says Cosby had no right to it.

The judge said it's "time for justice" as he sentenced Cosby to state prison and fined him $25,000. The former "Cosby Show" star was convicted in April of drugging and molesting Temple University women's basketball administrator Andrea Constand in 2004.

Updated September 25, 2018 02:12 PM EDT

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — 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.

The entertainer once known as "America's Dad" was convicted in April of sexually assaulting Temple University athletics administrator Andrea Constand in 2004.

Constand is one of about 60 women who have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct.

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A judge has ruled that Bill Cosby is a "sexually violent predator."

The classification means that Cosby must undergo lifetime counseling and report quarterly to authorities. His name will appear on a sex-offender registry sent to neighbors, schools and victims.

Judge Steven O'Neill made the decision Tuesday as he prepares to sentence the 81-year-old comedian for drugging and molesting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

Prosecutors are asking for five to 10 years in prison. The defense wants Cosby sent home on house arrest.

Cosby's lawyers had fought the "sexually violent predator" designation, arguing that Pennsylvania's sex-offender law remains unconstitutional despite several revisions.

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