Bill Cosby Ineligible For Early Prison Release Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Cosby is currently serving his sentence at the Keystone State facility in Pennsylvania.
After trying to get an early prison release amid the coronavirus pandemic, Bill Cosby will remain incarcerated at the Keystone State facility in Pennsylvania.
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"Mr. Cosby is not eligible for release under Gov. Wolf's order since he was convicted of a violent offense (aggravated indecent assault) and was deemed a Sexually Violent Predator," Montgomery County District Attorney's Office spokesperson Kate Delano said, according to a report from Deadline. "So for both of those reasons, he would not be eligible to be released."
In a separate report from the New York Daily News, Maria Finn of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections also dismissed Cosby getting released early. In response to Andrew Wyatt (Cosby's longtime spokesman) saying the comedian would be "remanded to house arrest within the upcoming weeks," Finn said: "No, based on the reprieve criteria exempting sex offenders and knowing his highly publicized case, he would not qualify. I'm not sure where the publicist is getting his information."
Gov. Wolf signed an order last week allowing corrections officials to release certain nonviolent inmates to community corrections facilities or home confinement during the pandemic.
Back in February, Cosby released a statement disputing Harvey Weinstein's conviction via Wyatt.
"This is not shocking because these jurors were not sequestered, which gave them access to media coverage and the sentiments of public opinion," the statement read. "There's no way you would have anyone believe that Mr. Weinstein was going to receive a fair and impartial trial."