Judge to decide if Cosby goes to prison for '04 sex assault

Sentencing options for Bill Cosby convicted of sexual assault include prison jail and probation

Bill Cosby leaves the the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown Pa. earlier this year

Cosby, 81, is due in Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas on Monday to be sentenced by Judge Steven O'Neill in the drugging and sexual assault of his one-time friend Andrea Constand, a former Temple University administrator, in 2004.

Bill Cosby arrives for his sentencing hearing at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Norristown, Pa.

Prosecutors will ask for him to be sent straight to prison, while his lawyers are likely to appeal for him to remain under house arrest pending the outcome of any appeals, given his age and frailty, reports say. Since then, more than 60 women have come forward with allegations against him. These women were not among the prior bad act witnesses that testified.

If Cosby gets even a day more than two years, he'll enter the state prison system, with a first stop at SCI Phoenix, a new $400 million, 3,830-bed prison in suburban Philadelphia where staff would assess his physical, medical and security needs. Constand and at least five other accusers will be at the sentencing but they will not be able to testify.

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Cosby, 81, was the first celebrity to go on trial following the #MeToo movement, and could be the first to go to prison. But Deborah Tuerkheimer, a law professor at Northwestern University and an expert on sexual assault cases, said Cosby's case, as well as the election of U.S. President Donald Trump in 2016, helped "seed the ground" for the coming wave. He faces a sentence of probation up to 30 years in prison.

When Bill Cosby is sentenced Monday for drugging and molesting a woman, it will be a final chapter in downfall that leaves some blacks pained and others proud.

If so, Cosby will have to undergo monthly counseling and register as a sex offender with police for the rest of his life, rather than for just 10 years. District Attorney Kevin Steele wants some of them to speak at the sentencing.

But prosecutors hope to call on some of Cosby's other accusers as they push for a lengthy sentence. He has watched the Cosby team's attacks on the court system intensify, and grow more personal, as the stakes grew.

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The jury of seven men and five women deliberated a little over 12 hours before reaching a unanimous verdict in the case.

Cosby refused to cooperate, which he was rightfully allowed to do, so Dudley said she relied on transcripts from both of his criminal trials.

The judge barred a request by prosecutors to call a parade of accusers to testify at the sentencing hearing.

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