Jerry Sandusky Sentence: 30-60 Years for Sexual Abuse; Do You Agree?
Jerry Sandusky's attorneys say they will appeal the decision. Sandusky could have received much more time.
Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was sentenced today to 30-60 years in prison for sexually abusing 10 boys.
The sentence amounts to a life sentence for the 68-year-old Sandusky, but is far more lenient than the 400-plus years in prison he could have received for 45 guilty counts against him.
Tuesday's hearing at the Centre County Courthouse started at 9 a.m. Sandusky arrived wearing a red prison jumpsuit.
In the closed proceedings, Judge John M. Cleland heard arguments from prosecutors, the defense and victims, before Sandusky got the last word. One of the victims told Sandusky, "I will not forgive you," while another described the scars left by the sexual abuse, SportingNews reports.
As Cleland sentenced the disgraced ex-coach to 30-60 years, he told Sandusky, "For the rest of your life," according to NBC10.
According to reports, Sandusky gave a long “rambling” statement in court, still proclaiming his innocence. "We are going to smile through the pain. We're going to laugh. We're going to cry. Because that's who we are," SportingNews reported Sandusky said in court.
Legal analyst Wes Oliver on NBC 10 said the statement was emotionally unstable and “bizarre.”
On Monday, Sandusky also released an audio statement saying he was the victim of a conspiracy.
Sandusky was the defensive coordinator for many years at Penn State and was the presumed heir-apparent to legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. Instead, Sandusky was arrested for the systematic sexual abuse of boys, and Paterno was fired. Paterno, who died in January, was accused of knowingly shielding Sandusky to protect the football program, a charge the Paterno family denied.
The sex abuse toppled the reputation of legendary coach Paterno, and will have repercussions at the university for years. The NCAA fined the university $60 million and stripped the school of all its victories back to 1998.
A source told CBS News that Sandusky is in discussions for a book deal. Pennsylvania law prevents convicted criminals from profiting from the details of the crime.
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