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Bill Cosby, 81, is sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison for 2004 sexual assault

Key Points
  • The entertainer once known as "America's Dad" was convicted in April of sexually assaulting Temple University athletics administrator Andrea Constand in 2004.
  • Prosecutors were seeking a sentence of five to 10 years in prison. The defense asked for house arrest.
  • Cosby was denied bail and will be locked up immediately.
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Bill Cosby sentenced to 3-10 years in prison

Bill Cosby has left a Pennsylvania courtroom in handcuffs to begin serving a three-to-10 year prison sentence for sexual assault.

Cosby was denied bail and will be locked up immediately.

Defense lawyers tried to keep the 81-year-old out of prison while he appeals his conviction, saying he's frail and legally blind. Judge Steven O'Neill refused their plea for Cosby to remain on house arrest, ruling Tuesday that Cosby will be locked up immediately.

O'Neill says Cosby could "quite possibly be a danger to the community."

Cosby was convicted of drugging and molesting Temple University athletics administrator Andrea Constand.

Dozens of women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct during his 50-year career in entertainment. The 2004 assault on Constand was the only one to lead to criminal charges.