Bill Cosby will not leave the prison in the short term, despite concerns that it could be susceptible to the coronavirus while in prison.
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Bill Cosby arrives for a sentencing hearing after his conviction for sexual assault in Norristown, Pennsylvania, in September of 2018.
Because that is a sex offender, “the inmate Cosby is not eligible for a deferment of the governor,” said the spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Susan McNaughton, to USA TODAY in an e-mail Saturday.
Cosby is serving a sentence of three to 10 years in state prison in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, after being convicted in 2018 for drugging and sexually assault an employee of Temple University in 2004.
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As a result of the pandemic, prisoners throughout the country have been released early or sent to confinement in the home, especially those who are elderly or chronically ill.
On 10 April, the governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, authorized a temporary respite for vulnerable prisoners and non-violent offenders on or near their release dates. Between 1,500 and 1,800 inmates would be considered eligible.
But Cosby does not meet that criterion. “Is a sex offender, are not eligible under the suspension order of the governor,” confirmed to USA TODY Mary Finn, another spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.
The icon of the tv in disgrace Bill Cosby returned to a court of Pennsylvania on September 25, 2018 to face a sentence for sexual assault, five months after his conviction in the first trial of celebrities of the era #MeToo. He received a prison sentence of three to 10 years.
Cosby is escorted out of the correctional facilities of the county of Montgomery on Tuesday in Eagleville, Pennsylvania, then of his sentence.
Cosby is taken in handcuffs after being sentenced on Tuesday in Norristown, Pennsylvania, to three to 10 years for sexual assault serious.
Cosby is seen in a new booking photo taken Tuesday after receiving his prison sentence.
Judge Steven O’neill walks into the courtroom Tuesday, the second day of the sentencing hearing of Cosby.
The former model and accusing Cosby, Janice Dickinson, makes a gesture out of the court of the county of Montgomery during the sentencing hearing of Cosby on Tuesday.
The accuser of Bill Cosby, Lili Bernard (center left) and other do-queue within the court of the county of Montgomery before the arrival of Cosby on the second day of his sentencing hearing.
The accuser of Cosby, Andrea Constand (right), leaves the courtroom Monday, during a break for lunch on the first day of the sentencing hearing of Cosby in the court of the county of Montgomery.
The activist Bird Milliken is manifested outside of the court, in the county of Montgomery with an effigy of Cosby in a shopping cart the first day of the sentencing in the sexual assault trial of the star.
The activist Bird Milliken lifts the voice out of the court.
The accuser Lili Bernard, who said she was drugged and raped by Cosby in the early 1990’s, chats with a man outside the courtroom Monday.
The former model and accuser Janice Dickinson leaves the courtroom during a break in the sentencing hearing Monday by Cosby.
Bill Cosby (left) returns to the courtroom on Monday after a break with their representatives Andrew Wyatt and Ebonee Benson in the court of the county of Montgomery.
A supporter holds up a shirt after the first day of the sentencing hearing, the comedian.
Attorney Gloria Allred and the accusers of Cosby are waiting to speak with the media on Monday during a break in the sentencing hearing of Cosby.
The accuser Victoria Valentino (center), a former playmate of Playboy who accused Cosby of resbalarle the pills and raping her in the late 1960s, it appears with a protester near the Palace of Justice in the County of Montgomery on Monday.
The attorney of Cosby, Philip C. Green, out of the court, in the county of Montgomery on the first day of the sentence. Sixty women have accused the artist of 80 years of sexual assault.
Representatives of Cosby surprised to know that the star would be excluded.
“The news was shocking for all of us because sources close to the governor Wolf told us that Cosby would be a direct beneficiary of his executive order,” said Andrew Wyatt, representative of Cosby, USA TODAY Saturday. “Mr. Cosby is 82 years old and is blind with underlying medical conditions”.
He added that Cosby has no capacity to distance themselves socially due to their loss of vision. That Cosby does not meet the criteria for a pardon, “ludacris, absurd and un-american,” said Wyatt.
“Mr. Cosby does not impose a sentence of life / death, but we feel that the State of Pennsylvania is trying to run to Mr. Cosby, by exposing them to this virus,” said Wyatt.
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While Cosby will remain behind bars, other famous prisoners have been released due to the pandemic.
In march, the rapper from Brooklyn Tekashi 6ix9ine (real name Daniel Hernandez), 23-year-old, who suffers from asthma and that he was once hospitalized for bronchitis, was released from a federal prison to comply with the four remaining months of his two-year sentence for extortion in home confinement, according to Nicholas Biase, a spokesman for the u.s. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
Other big names also may be released. That list includes Michael Cohen, a former personal lawyer of president Donald Trump, who will be released to continue his prison sentence at home against the coronavirus.
And some celebrities at the prison have tested positive for COVID-19.
In march, the verified account of Instagram of the rapper YNW Melly said the star incarcerated “has been tested positive today for COVID-19 while he waited for his trial in the Broward county jail. Will submit a motion to release restricted with the hope of a better care due to any prison that is not prepared to treat this new virus. “
Melly, whose real name is Jamell Maurice Demons, is currently in a jail in Florida awaiting trial for the double murder of aspiring rapper Anthony Williams, 21, and Christopher Thomas, Jr., 19. Pleaded not guilty and could face the death penalty if he is convicted. .
It is believed that Harvey Weinstein, 68, a tycoon of the film become a convicted sexual, is the prisoner more famous famous that until now has tested positive for the virus. Has been isolated in a prison of the state of New York and says that he is recovering.
Contributing: Maria Puente, USA TODAY
This article originally appeared in USA TODAY: Bill Cosby will not come out early from prison, in spite of the fears of the coronavirus; Been trying to “run it”, says the representative