Bill Cosby’s prosecutor asks for 5 to 10 years in prison

Norristan (AP): Prosecutors are asking a judge to sentence Bill Cosby to five to 10 years in prison for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said in court Monday that the 81-year-old comedian is still capable of slipping women drugs and assaulting them. He says the sentence should send the message to others that “nobody’s above the law.”

 

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Steele quoted from chief accuser Andrea Constand’s victim-impact statement, which said the attack had crushed her spirit.

Cosby’s lawyers are trying to keep him out of prison, calling it an “excessive hardship.”

“What does an 81-year-old man do in prison?” defense attorney Joseph Green asked on Day 1 of the sentencing hearing for Cosby, who is legally blind and dependent on others. “How does he fight off the people who are trying to extort him, or walk to the mess hall?”

Court has adjourned for the day. The judge is expected to sentence Cosby on Tuesday. He could get up to 30 years in prison.

Edited Manasi Chandu