Although he hasn’t officially been sentenced to serve time after his conviction on three counts of aggravated indecent assault, actor Bill Cosby while likely receive special treatment due to his age and medical condition if a judge sentences him to prison, according to law enforcement officials.
TMZ reports that officials with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections indicated there are numerous services for prisoners who need special medical care, including a “special needs cell” where daily necessities are brought to them. Over 500 trained peer support specialists are also on hand to assist first-time prisoners who need help getting accustomed to prison life.
Last year the 80-year-old actor claimed he was blind. His doctor said nothing could be done to restore his vision.
Meanwhile, USA Today reports that it was Cosby’s own words that led to his conviction, according to one of the jurors at the trial. Harrison Snyder, the youngest juror at the Cosby trial, said it was the actor’s previous admission during a deposition of drugging women in an attempt to have sex with him that convinced the jury he was guilty. Snyder also indicated that it was not an open and shut case by any means.
Cosby is currently on house arrest while awaiting his sentencing date, scheduled to take place within 75 days. He’s required to wear a GPS monitor and can only leave his home for doctor appointments or visits with his attorney. He faces a possible 30 years in prison, 10 years for each charge. Judge Steven O’Neill also ordered the actor to undergo a “sexually violent predator” assessment.
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