Former Penn State football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky has been sentenced to prison for a period of 30 to 60 years.
After Sandusky's sentence had been read out in the court, it became clear that he will not be getting out from jail alive, and for many, that was great news. The former Penn State football assistant coach was accused of committing "disgusting acts" against underage boys and sexually abusing them. During the latest hearing, in which Sandusky's sentence was handed out, the former assistant coach tried his level best to prove his innocence, but everyone in the courtroom, including the judge, was very much convinced of his crimes. After listening to Sandusky trying to prove his innocence, the judge simply stated that Sandusky would be serving 30 to 60 years in prison. The judge also said that he expected Sandusky to die in prison.
The tragedy in this case is that not only did Sandusky bring shame to himself, but also to the entire Penn State University, and his actions also led to the downfall of former football coach,.
"The tragedy of this crime is that it's a story of betrayal. The most obvious aspect is your betrayal of 10 children," Judge John Cleland said after the hearing, according to a report by foxnews.com. During the trial, three men, whom Sandusky had abused as children, also came forward to tell their stories and revealed how those incidents have marred their lives forever.
Before hearing the sentence, Sandusky tried to shift his blame, claiming that he was the victim in this case. He said that he never committed such acts; instead, was just being victimized for something which he never did.
"Hopefully we can get better as a result of our hardship and suffering, that somehow, some way, something good will come out of this," Sandusky said.
Jerry Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of raping or fondling boys he met through a youth charity The Second Mile, which he founded. Even though most of his victims did not come forward, the few who did really pushed for his punishment, claiming that these horrific incidents changed their lives forever.
Sandusky plans on launching an appeal, arguing that his defense team did not get ample time to prepare his case after his arrest in November.