On Tuesday, Bill Cosby was sentenced to serve three to 10 years in prison after drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, CNN reported. The sentencing comes on the heels of an April 2018 verdict, which found the former comedian guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent assault, and while the crime happened 14 years ago, the statute of limitations on assault cases in Pennsylvania is 12 years. Constand filed criminal charges on December 30, 2015 — just before the limitations window was slated to expire.
Constand is not the only woman to accuse Cosby of assault; dozens of women have come forward and spoken out about his predatory behavior, with the most notable moment happening in New York Magazine in 2015, when more than 30 women came forward with allegations against him. However, Constand’s case was the only one that Cosby was tried for due to the statute of limitations.
According to The New York Times, when reading his verdict, Judge Steven T. O’Neill told Cosby his time had come: “It is time for justice, Mr. Cosby. This has all circled back to you. The day has come. The time has come.” He also added, “[F]allen angels suffer most.”
Attorney Gloria Allred seemed pleased with the decision, issuing a statement on television that was subsequently tweeted out by Fox News. In short, Allred stated, “We’re glad that judgment day has finally come for Mr. Cosby.”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 25, 2018
And several celebrities have echoed similar sentiments.
Bill Cosby just walked out of court in handcuffs.
— Linsey Davis (@LinseyDavis) September 25, 2018
— Quinta. (@quintabrunson) September 25, 2018
Who said the Universe doesn't have a sense of humor: amid Trump and the GOP's defense of Kavanaugh that allegations happened decades ago, Bill Cosby is sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison for something that happened decades ago.
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) September 25, 2018
A rapist named Bill Cosby is going to jail.
We have to remember though that it's a scary moment for men because now they know if that they rape like 60 women they won't have to go to jail for long and only after decades of our culture silencing those victims. #sarcasmFont
— Zerlina Maxwell (@ZerlinaMaxwell) September 25, 2018
Sexually violent predator Bill Cosby sentenced to 3-10 years.
Justice, just a little.
Here is part of the statement my brave, beautiful client Janice Dickinson was prepared to read in court this week, had the judge allowed it. pic.twitter.com/MMPI5e5zEc
— Lisa Bloom (@LisaBloom) September 25, 2018
Today a PA court deemed #BillCosby a Violent Sexual Predator b4 sentencing him. For decades people maligned &decried his accusers as LIARS. It took 60+ accusers 2 finally bring his survivors justice &vindication. Have we learned nothing? #IBelieveDrFord #IBelieveDeborahRamirez
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) September 25, 2018
However, not everyone is happy with his sentencing. Some, like Amber Tamblyn, believe Cosby got nothing more than a slap on the wrist.
Bill Cosby has been sentenced to 3-10 years for drugging and sexually assaulting many women over the course of many years.
His survivors have been sentenced to a lifetime of brutal memories and trauma for daring to exist in the first place.
Super fair I guess
— Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) September 25, 2018
It should be noted that the maximum sentence Cosby could have received was five to 10 years. That said, Cosby was taken straight to prison, as his request for bail has been denied, and he must immediately register as a sexually violent predator.
In a statement from earlier today, Constand remarked that Cosby’s “decades-long reign of terror as a serial rapist is over,” according to CNN, and that sentiment seems to be one shared by numerous women, if the reactions they’re posting on Twitter and as we’ve seen here are any indication.