Sandusky sentenced

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  • Not less than 30, no more than 60 years, with credit for time served
  • He's convicted of 45 counts of child sex abuse
Sandusky sentenced

Listen: Jerry Sandusky speaks from jail

Listen: Jerry Sandusky speaks from jail

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Jerry Sandusky was sentenced Tuesday to not less than 30 years, no more than 60 years in prison, with credit for 112 days served. 

He'll get his first opportunity for parole after 30 years, and will be on parole from the day he gets out of jail (if he is, in fact, paroled) through the 60 years.

In June, the former assistant Penn State University football coach was convicted of 45 counts of child sex abuse for molesting 10 boys over a 15-year period. Sandusky met his victims through The Second Mile, his charity for underprivileged children. The scandal led to the firing of legendary head football coach Joe Paterno and the ousting of longtime university President Graham Spanier.

The sentence is based on two Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse (IDSI) counts, both felony 1 counts with a minimum of 10 years, served consecutively.

Two other IDSI counts, both also felony 1 counts with a minimum sentence of five years, will also be served consecutively.

The rest of the counts are sentenced concurrently.

In the hearing, Sandusky maintained his innocence, but did not contest court findings that he deserved Sexually Violent Predator status.

Three of Sandusky's victims spoke during the hearing, while impact statements from two other victims were read aloud.

Sandusky himself addressed the court, saying, in part, "I didn't do these disgusting acts." He went on to talk about what he "sees" behind bars:

"I see letters of support...I see loved ones carrying the light...I see me throwing thousands of kids up in the air."

Judge John Cleland had a lot of discretion when it comes to sentencing the former defensive coordinator.

Sandusky was facing anywhere from 10 years to more than 200 years behind bars.

Cleland had many factors to consider, including the state minimums and maximums, witness statements and Sandusky's statements.

 

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