Shelburne Falls residents shocked after Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction

Franklin County

A dramatic and emotional day in a Pennsylvania courtroom after a jury found comedian Bill Cosby guilty of sexual assault.

The jury deliberated for just one day before reaching their guilty verdict.   

The 80-year-old comedian was convicted Thursday on three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

Cosby was charged with drugging and sexually assaulting Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

Thursday’s guilty verdict comes less than a year after a jury deadlocked on the charges in his first trial.

Cosby has a home in Shelburne Falls.

One resident there was saddened to hear that Bill Cosby was found guilty of sexual assault.

“My mom told me one day when she voted next to him how kind and nice he was,” said Jasper Kearsley. “It’s terrible to have this situation when you get caught up in this controversial thing.”

After the verdict, Cosby lashed out, using profanities at prosecutors who were arguing to revoke his bail.

Cosby was ultimately released on bail but placed under house arrest.

“I watched this guy on public programming my entire childhood and now I’m realizing he’s not the loving guy we watched on TV,” Isiah Heaton, also of Shelburne Falls, told 22News.

A sentencing date has not yet been set. He faces up to 10 years in jail on each of the three counts.

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