Bill Cosby’s second trial on sexual assault charges ended Thursday with the disgraced entertainer found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault and ordered to remain confined to his home pending sentencing.
The date for a judge to determine Cosby’s prison term is not yet known, according to authorities.
State law could allow a maximum possible penalty of 10 years per charge — or 30 years total.
Still, it is not at all clear that the 80-year-old comedian and former sitcom star would face nearly so stiff a penalty for drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004. Pennsylvania, as many other states do, allows judges broad discretion within a predetermined set of sentencing guidelines.
What’s more, the decision to have Cosby serve his sentences for each charge one after another or at the same time (consecutively or concurrently) is also the judge’s alone.
Until his sentencing, Cosby has been ordered to turn over his passport and remain at his Pennsylvania home, court records show.
His attorneys have said they will appeal. “We are very disappointed by the verdict,” attorney Tom Mesereau said after the verdict. “We don’t think Mr. Cosby is guilty of anything.”