Convicted in June of sexually abusing 10 boys over a period of 15 years, child molester Jerry Sandusky received at least a 30-year sentence on Tuesday.
Wearing prison orange jumpsuit, handcuffed and looking decidedly thinner, Sandusky was seen being led into the courtroom to hear his fate.
According to ABC 7 television, the molester, convicted on 45 of 48 counts of sex abuse, was punished with no less than 30 years behind bars with 112 days shaved off for time served taken into consideration.
In a Bellefonte, Penn., courtroom, Judge John Cleland reportedly said that felon Sandusky will face no more than 60 years behind bars--meaning that he will not be eligible for parole before 30 years and cannot serve past 60 years. At his advanced age, we know that translate into a life sentence.
The 68-year-old former Penn State Assistant football coach, will spend the rest of his life under lockdown in a Pennsylvania prison. One of victims known as “Victim No. 5” addressed the court during the sentencing, reportedly saying, “The sentence will never erase what he did to me—it will never make me whole.” Simple word, yet incredibly powerful words.
Sandusky also addressed the court for 13 minutes, and after claiming innocence, added, “This is the time when you find out who your friends are in the fourth quarter—those who stand by you.”
Even with the overwhelming, riveting testimony and shocking evidence that came out against him at trial, Sandusky is still maintaining he is innocent and even brazenly took to the airwaves to proclaim it through a taped audio instead, of taking responsibility finally for his reprehensible acts against dozens of young boys over three or more decades.
His son, 31 year old Matt Sandusky, one of six adopted boys, didn't testify against him at trial but has since accused him of molesting him too. (Read it here: http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-new
According to CNN, the audio posted on Penn State's campus radio station website on Monday, said, "They can take away my life, they can make me out as a monster, they can treat me as a monster but they can't take away my heart. In my heart, I know I did not do these alleged disgusting acts. My wife Dottie has been my only sex partner and that was after marriage--our love continues."
Continuing to shock us with the magnitude of his delusions and utter self-absorption, Sandusky laid the blame for his conviction on one of his victims, saying he conspired along with police, the state, investigators, prosecutors, Penn State, the media, psychologists--apparently everyone under the sun orchestrated this giant plot to crucify him for heinous crimes he did not commit.
Sandusky's lawyers have 10 days to appeal the sentence, and by this taped declaration of innocence, we can safely say he will be appealing.
Two other Penn State officials, former athletics director Tim Curley and vice-president Gary Schultz, reportedly have been charged with covering Sandusky's crimes and emails released after his conviction, point to ousted president Graham Spanier and the late legendary coach http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-new
Recent reports have also implicated Sandusky in additional crimes, alleging his involvement, in a child prostitution ring in New York's tri-state. Read more about this here: http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-new
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