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Jerry Sandusky sentenced to 30-60 years in prison for child sexual abuse

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 9, 2012 9:21 AM
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Members of the media gather outside Bellefonte Courthouse to await sentencing of Jerry Sandusky.

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — Jerry Sandusky has been sentenced to at least 30 years in prison in the child sexual abuse scandal that brought shame to Penn State and led to coach Joe Paterno's downfall.

The sentence means the 68-year-old former Penn State assistant coach will be in prison at least until he's nearly 100 years old.

Judge John Cleland issued the sentence Tuesday, three months after a jury convicted Sandusky on 45 counts of child sexual abuse.

Sandusky maintains his innocence and plans to appeal, a process his lawyer has said will probably begin in the coming weeks.

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Karl Rominger, with Sandusky defense, says they're pleased with the sentence and will soon file an appeal.

Sandusky is professing his innocence, says he is not a monster and says he didn't do the "alleged disgusting acts."

Three victims also spoke, often fighting back tears. One looked the 68-year-old Sandusky in the eyes at times.

Among the three who spoke was a young man who said he was 11 when Sandusky groped him in a shower in 1998. He said Sandusky is in denial and should "stop coming up with excuses." Another said that he was still troubled with flashbacks of his abuse in 2001.

(This entry will be updated as more details become available.)

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  • Robert Wilson img 2012-10-09 10:55

    If you don't believe in capital punishment, and given the constitutional prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment, then there is only one answer. This 30 year minimum (life for him) sentence is the only appropriate one.

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