>> Prosecutors said on Monday they want Bill Cosby put away for up to a decade. In the first day of a contentious hearing that will determine how the man, once known as America's dad, should be punished.>> Mr. Cosby, do you have any reaction?>> But Cosby's defense said incarceration would be an excessive hardship for the 81-year-old who was found guilty in April for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand back in 2004.
Her allegations were the only ones that became criminal charges, though dozens of women have accused him of sexual abuse going back decades. Reuters correspondent, Joseph Ax.>> Cosby faces up to ten years on each of the three counts for which he was convicted, although in these cases typically those counts would be merged and the sentences concurrent.
And so from a practical perspective, the maximum sentence is likely to be ten years.>> Constand spoke for about a minute in court Monday, after she gave hours of testimony in two trials. The first ended in a hung jury. Surrounded by her family Constand said, quote, all I'm asking for is justice as the court sees fit.
Debate swirled at the Monday hearing over whether Cosby should be classified a sexually violent predator. A label that would subject him to counselling and registering as a sex offender for the rest of his life. The judge is expected to sentence Cosby on Tuesday.