Former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in a New York state prison on Wednesday.
He was found guilty of a first-degree criminal sex act and third-degree rape; however, he was acquitted of the more severe charge of predatory sexual assault, which could have landed him a life sentence.
He had been facing a possible maximum of 29 years after being found guilty on February 24.
For the first-degree account, he was given 20 years in prison plus five years of supervised release. The judge then added another three years for third-degree rape.
After sentencing, Weinstein was taken to Rikers Island jail but soon after was transferred to Bellevue Hospital after suffering from chest pains.
Where will Harvey Weinstein be held?
Weinstein will be held at Rikers Island until he is transferred to the custody of the New York State Department of Corrections, assuming his health improves.
Bellevue and Rikers are controlled by the New York City Dept. of Correction. However, he should soon be transferred into the custody of the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS).
According to Vulture, on being transferred to the DOCCS, Weinstein will be sent to a reception center at the Fishkill Correctional Facility, about 60 miles from downtown Manhattan.
Here he will receive a full medical and dental checkup before going through showering and delousing treatment followed by a shave and a haircut.
Weinstein will then receive prison clothing and personal care items. He will be treated no differently than any other inmate.
He’ll also, ironically perhaps, be assigned a pamphlet titled Prevention of Sexual Abuse in Prison; What Inmates Need to Know.
It’s believed that at some point, he will transfer to another lockup, further upstate, but the location of that facility has not been released.
When will Harvey Weinstein be available for parole?
Weinstein will have to serve six-sevenths of his prison sentence or almost 20 years before he is eligible for parole, which would put him at almost 87 years old.
The 67-year-old is in poor health and could spend the rest of his life in prison.
Weinstein’s lawyers will appeal the conviction; however, it hinges on them coming up with a reasonable argument as to why the sentence was wrong. They will have 120 days to make a case.
There is also the not small matter that he faces rape and sexual assault charges in Los Angeles.
Weinstein faced accusations from numerous women, including some of the most famous in showbiz.
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