Bill Cosby will be sentenced on 24 September, almost five months after he was convicted of sexual assault by a Pennsylvania jury.
Lawyers for the comedian, who turns 81 in July and faces the prospect of the rest of his life in prison, had asked Judge Steven O’Neill to delay sentencing until the end of the year.
Cosby’s convictions on three counts of aggravated indecent assault will likely be combined into one charge that carries a standard sentence of five to 10 years in prison.
The man once revered as America’s Dad, has been a prisoner in his suburban Philadelphia mansion since his April 26 conviction.
He hasn’t been heard from since lashing out at a prosecutor in court that day.
O’Neill ordered Cosby, who can go out only to visit his lawyers or the doctor, be outfitted with a GPS monitoring bracelet and said he needed permission to leave the home, where jurors concluded he drugged and molested Andrea Constand in January 2004.
He was convicted of sexual assault on Thursday (April 26) in a high-stakes retrial after a half-dozen women testified that the famed comedian drugged and assaulted them.
The jury found Cosby, 80, guilty on all three counts of aggravated indecent assault against one woman, Andrea Constand, 45, drawing an emotional reaction from his other accusers in the courtroom.
The verdict was one of the first major courtroom victories for the #MeToo movement, which has exposed sexual harassment and misconduct in entertainment, media, politics and beyond.
Upon the reading of the first guilty verdict, several of Cosby’s accusers sobbed and shook with joy. Cosby’s head was bent slightly, eyes shut.
Although Cosby has faced dozens of sexual misconduct allegations spanning decades, he has been charged criminally only in the Constand case.