Bill Cosby’s rep tells us that he’s sure that the disgraced comedian is going to be sent home from prison because of the pandemic. But the Department of Corrections tells Page Six that that’s not going to happen.
Cosby’s legal team was planning to file a petition to get him out of SCI Phoenix in Pennsylvania — where he’s serving three to 10 years for sexual assault — because they’re afraid of him getting the coronavirus.
But after Pennsylvania’s Gov. Tom Wolf ordered the state’s DOC last week to establish a program to move some prisoners to community corrections facilities or their homes, Cosby’s team became so confident he’d be let out that they decided not to even file the papers.
Cosby’s rep Andrew Wyatt told us, “We strongly feel that Mr. Cosby will be released and remanded to house arrest in the upcoming weeks. Mr. Cosby is 82 years old; Mr. Cosby has an underlying medical condition — blindness” — and cannot practice “social distancing because he has to rely on the aid of others.”
And Wyatt even claims that Cosby’s team has been “in contact with sources close to [the] governor and they were informed that Gov. Wolf felt that Mr. Cosby should be released and remanded to house arrest, due to his age and blindness.”
But when we asked a rep for the Pennsylvania DOC if it’s true that Cosby’s a shoo-in for release, they answered, “False.”
“Based on the criteria exempting sex offenders and knowing his highly publicized case, he would not qualify,” the rep told us.
According to the governor’s office, the program “applies to state prison inmates who have been identified as being nonviolent and who otherwise would be eligible for release within the next nine months or who are considered at high risk for complications of coronavirus and are within 12 months of their release.”
One inmate has died of COVID-19 at SCI Phoenix, and 22 inmates have tested positive.
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