Bill Cosby spends first night in prison after Tuesday’s sentence for sexual assault

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Comedian and actor, Bill Cosby, was sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison Tuesday, for sexually assaulting a Temple University employee in 2004. 

A Pennsylvania judge designated Cosby a “sexually violent predator” and a potential threat to the public.

“He needs to pay for it,” said Phil Gross of Orange, Connecticut. “I don’t care how much money he has and how many fans he has. He did it, pay for it. I believe we should all pay for what we do.”

The 81 year old Cosby is blind and in poor health. Some people believe the sentence was too harsh.  

“I think its a bit draconian at his age and with his eyesight failing to be punished in this way, said Bob Richardson of Charlemont.

Bill Cosby and his wife have owned a home in Shelburne for more than 30 years. The front gates to the compound were open Wednesday, but there are signs that read ” If you are not invited do not pass through these gates.”

Bill Cosby’s home on Bardwell’s Ferry Road is in a secluded part of Shelburne, and about a 10-minute drive from downtown Shelburne Falls. Shelburne residents were shocked when they found out that their neighbor was sentenced to prison. 

“It’s something that’s been on my mind and my family has been talking a lot about it,” said Thom White of Shelburne.  “It’s surprising to see when someone like that, turns out much different than what we all imagined.”

Bill Cosby is serving his sentence at the new SCI Phoenix prison in Collegeville, Pennsylvania where he will receive regular medical evaluations for his health. 

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