Bill Cosby back in court for start of sentencing

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse for sentencing in his sexual assault trial in Norristown

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Bill Cosby has just arrived at the Philly courthouse where he will be sentenced in his sexual assault case. and he was greeted by angry screams. A two day-sentencing hearing begins Monday in Montgomery County.

His lawyers have said he will appeal the conviction, which observers say could push the case up to Pennsylvania's highest court and take several years.

Although five woman have testified during this case, more than 60 women have claimed that Cosby assaulted them, ranging from groping to rape, with many claiming that he also drugged them.

Bill Cosby faces as many as 10 years in prison for each of three counts of aggravated indecent assault, when his sentencing hearing starts Monday in a Pennsylvania courtroom.

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The 81-year-old Cosby's potential sentence ranges from the 30-year maximum term to probation.

State sentencing guidelines, which are not mandatory, recommend a sentence between two and four years, Chanenson said.

To Cosby's advantage, it doesn't appear that the prosecution has been effective in getting its way.

"I really think it's important that he spend some time behind bars", Lublin told the AP.

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Lasha said she was a teenage aspiring actress in 1986 when she lay immobilized and unable to speak as Cosby touched her breast and rubbed himself against her leg.

Defense attorneys are likely to point to Cosby's age, declining health, history of philanthropic giving and the fact that this is his first criminal conviction as factors that show he should receive a short prison sentence - or none at all.

Cosby is now on his third lead lawyer, Joseph Green, since his arrest in December 2015, having parted ways with celebrity advocate Tom Mesereau after the guilty verdict.

Prosecutors hoped to call some of his other accusers to paint Cosby as a sexual predator deserving of prison. If that happens, he will be obliged to register as a sex offender for life, instead of for a shorter timeframe decided by a judge.

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The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they come forward publicly, which Lublin, Lasha and Constand have done.

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