‘That 70’s Show’ Actor Danny Masterson Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Rape

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Actor Danny Masterson was reportedly given a sentence of 30 years to life in prison this morning for numerous rapes.

The former That ’70s Show actor was present in court today for Judge Charlaine Olmedo’s sentencing, just as he had been for both of his trials on the criminal charges.

Masterson was given the opportunity to address the court, but he choose not to do so on Thursday. However, just before sentencing began, he spoke with defense attorney Phillip Cohen.

Masterson acknowledged understanding when he was told that as a result of his sentence, he would have to register as a sex offender upon parole or release.

Masterson was led from court by sheriff’s deputies to begin legally serving his term in a state jail after receiving the maximum punishment permitted by law.

Bijou Phillips, the wife of Masterson, and other family members sobbed subtly when the verdict was read.

More than three months have passed since a jury in Los Angeles found Masterson guilty of two of three counts of sexual assault. Two decades have passed since the rapes.

Masterson received credit for 150 days of time already served. He was also informed that he had 60 days from today to file a notice of appeal; the defense is anticipated to act swiftly on this.

The defense had attempted to have their client’s time served concurrently without success.

As stated by attorney Shawn Holley in remarks to the court today and in a filing this week, if the defense’s case had been successful, Masterson would have received a term of up to 15 years in jail, with parole eligibility at the 85% level.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office disagreed with that, as they made apparent in court today, and requested 30 years to life in prison for Masterson.

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