'Rather Lenient': Judge Napolitano Weighs in on Bill Cosby's Prison Sentencing
Judge Andrew Napolitano said that disgraced comedian Bill Cosby's state prison sentence handed down on Tuesday was "rather lenient."
Cosby, 81, was sentenced to three to 10 years by Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O'Neill. He was found guilty in April of three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault.
He was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004, and more than 60 women subsequently came forward with allegations toward him.
"This judge ... has actually given a rather lenient sentence," Napolitano said. "So lenient that I almost wouldn't be surprised if Cosby's people only file an appeal of the guilty verdict."
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Cosby could have served a 30-year sentence, as each of his crimes would result in 10 years of imprisonment.
His defense team argued that he'd endure "excessive hardship" in prison if he served 30 years, due to his age.
"He must serve 80 percent of three [years] ... thereafter, it's up to prison officials based upon his health, his demeanor, his work in the prison, his attitude in the prison whether and if he can leave before the 10," Napolitano said.
Cosby was also labeled a sexually violent predator during his sentencing, meaning that he'll undergo counseling for the rest of his life.
He will also appear on a sex-offender registry.
In the interim, Cosby is being sent to Montgomery County Prison near Trooper, Pa. to be processed.