Will Bill Cosby Actually Go To Jail? It's Very Likely, Say Some Experts

Aaron Homer

Bill Cosby may have been convicted on three counts of sexual assault, but that doesn't mean he's likely to see the inside of a prison cell any time soon, Yahoo News is reporting. The actor and comedian has promised to appeal his sentence, but his wealth and advanced age are only going to get him so far in avoiding a jail cell, say legal experts.

As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Cosby was convicted on all counts by a jury this week on three sexual assault charges dating back to 2004. If given the maximum sentence of 10 years on each count, he could face 30 years behind bars. However, legal analysts believe that, given his advanced age, he would be sentenced to serve all three terms concurrently.

Regardless, at 80, even a 10-year sentence would likely mean that Cosby would spend the rest of his life behind bars.

For now, Cosby remains free on bail while awaiting his sentencing. That's a luxury afforded to very few convicted criminals in Pennsylvania, and one that Cosby was able to earn thanks to his considerable wealth, which allows him to afford the $1 million bail.

As of this writing, it's unclear when Cosby will be sentenced, but Pennsylvania law requires that convicted criminals will be sentenced within 100 days. However, his attorneys have promised to appeal, and that process could take years, especially if his attorneys file delay after delay.

— Mayim Bialik (@missmayim) April 27, 2018

"[Cosby's] notorious enough that he's not going to disappear in Honduras … and his advanced age and notoriety makes flight and new offenses unlikely."
"If he is sentenced to prison, he would start serving his prison sentence while the appeal is in progress."
"In light of his age and lack of risk, he'll probably be sent to a lower-security prison and, depending on his health, one which either is like an assisted-living home or one near a hospital."