Life Sentence Given in Cosby Case
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) _ Entertainer Bill Cosby implored a judge to hand down the maximum sentence against the 19-year-old man convicted of killing his only son.
``The malice, hatred and ill will leading to his murder must be kept off America’s streets forever,″ Cosby said in a written court statement released Tuesday after Mikail Markhasev was sentenced to life in prison.
Cosby’s wife, Camille, was equally unforgiving: ``Mikail Markhasev’s only regret about his crime is that he got caught. I don’t want him to ever experience freedom again.″
Ennis Cosby, 27, was shot Jan. 16, 1997, while changing a flat tire on a dark road in Los Angeles. Police said he was murdered during a robbery attempt.
Markhasev, who was convicted in July of the murder, was sentenced to the mandatory penalty of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Superior Court Judge David Perez rejected a defense motion for a new trial before he announced the sentence.
The judge added 10 consecutive years for use of a firearm and three years to run concurrently for robbery.
A defense lawyer said he has filed an appeal.
Markhasev, 19, sat expressionless during sentencing. He said ``No″ after the judge asked whether he had anything to say. His mother and grandmother left without comment.
Bill Cosby and his wife did not attend the sentencing, but Ennis Cosby’s three sisters and other relatives were in court.
In addition to the views of both Bill and Camille Cosby, the sentencing report also mentioned a previous incident in which Markhasev stabbed a black youth in 1995.
In that case, Markhasev stabbed the victim once in the arm and was about to stab again but a police officer arrived and stopped him. He was sentenced to a year in county detention.