Jerry Sandusky Sentenced to 30-60 Years for Child Molestation
The former Penn State assistant football coach maintains his innocence and vows to continue to appeal his conviction.
This story was updated at 11:17 a.m.
McKean County Judge John M. Cleland today sentenced Jerry Sandusky to no less than 30 years and no more than 60 years in prison for sexually abusing 10 children, multiple media outlets report.
“The crime is not only what you did to their bodies, but their psyches and souls,” Judge Cleland told Sandusky in court, the Pittsburgh Tribune reported. “It is this remarkable ability to deceive that makes this crime so heinous.”
A defiant Sandusky gave a rambling statement in which he denied the allegations and talked about his life in prison and the pain of being away from his family.
“It is for those still standing for us that we will continue to fight,” Sandusky said. “We’re definitely in the fourth quarter.”
Three victims spoke, often fighting back tears. One looked Sandusky in the eyes at times during his statement, the Associated Press reported.
In court, state prosecutor Joseph McGettigan called Sandusky “the most insidious and deprvated of criminals.” He read a statement from the young man identified as “Victim No. 1,” who said he cannot put into words the “pain and misery (Sandusky) caused me.”
“Jerry Sandusky humiliated me beyond description,” the man’s statement reads, according to the Tribune Review.
The sentence means Sandusky, 68, won't be eligible for parole until he is 98-years-old.
His attorney, Joe Amendola, speaking outside the courthouse after the sentence was handed down, asserted that there was a "rush to judgement" against his client, the late Joe Paterno, and former Penn State President Graham Spanier.
"He will complain there wasn't time enough to prove his innocence," McGettigan said in court, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported. "There's not time enough in the world for him to prove that lie."
After the sentencing, Penn State president Rodney Erickson issued a statement, emailed to news outlets.
"Our thoughts today, as they have been for the last year, go out to the victims of Jerry Sandusky's abuse," Mr Erickson said in the statement. "While today's sentence cannot erase what has happened, hopefully it will provide comfort to those affected by these horrible events and help them continue down the road to recovery."
On the eve of his sentencing, Sandusky blamed his plight on one of the victims. Calling the young man a "veteran accuser and always sought attention," he started everything; Mr. Sandusky said in a statement he read Monday on Penn State's student-run radio station, ComRadio.
Sandusky went on to say that a "well-orchestrated effort of the media, investigators, the system, Penn State, psychologists, civil attorneys and other accusers" backed up the young man's false allegations."
Click here to listen to Sandusky's radio interview.
Sandusky was convicted June 22 on 45 of the 48 counts against him.
The investigation into the University's handling of the Sandusky scandal resulted in severe sanctions by the NCAA.
It also prompted the University to remove the statue of iconic coach Joe Paterno from outside Penn State's Beaver Stadium.
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