Jerry Sandusky sentenced to 30 years in prison
The former defensive coordinator for the Penn State Nittany Lions Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in prison after being convicted of sexually abusing ten boys in June.
According to The Washington Post, Sandusky, 68, was sentenced to 30-60 years, meaning he will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars.
Sandusky’s abuses ranged over a decade, according to trial testimony, and took place on university property, away on road games and in Sandusky’s house the Post reports.
Sandusky has maintained his innocence throughout everything, and continued to at sentencing reports USA Today, giving a statement in which he said he would fight the verdict.
“They can make me out as a monster, but in my heart I know I didn’t do these alleged, disgusting things,” he told the judge.
Sandusky’s sentencing is the latest chapter in the scandal that rocked the once proud state university.
Two university officials, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz are being charged with perjury and failing to report child abuse and former president Graham Spanier and long-time football head coach Joe Paterno were each fired in the wake of Sandusky’s arrest.
Sandusky’s lawyer Joe Amendola says his client will launch an appeal. Amendola, according to USA Today, feels that his client will not win the appeal but deserves a new trial as he was rushed to put together his defense.