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Days into prison term, Sandusky wants new trial

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  • Jerry Sandusky was convicted of child sex abuse
  • His attorneys say evidence against him was insufficient
Days into prison term, Sandusky wants new trial

Listen: Jerry Sandusky speaks from jail

Listen: Jerry Sandusky speaks from jail

Jerry Sandusky wants a new trial, and if he isn’t granted one, he wants Judge John Cleland to reconsider his sentence.

On October 9, the former Penn State University assistant football coach was sentenced to not less than 30 years for molesting 10 boys over 15 years. He will be 98 years old when he’s able to apply for probation.

In court documents filed Thursday, Sandusky’s attorneys attempt to justify his request for a trial by arguing that the evidence that convicted him was insufficient and did not rise to the level of proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Sandusky’s attorneys also argue that Cleland made several mistakes by allowing the jury to hear improper hearsay evidence.

If a new trial is not granted, Sandusky's attorneys want Cleland to at least reconsider the prison sentence. Sandusky’s attorneys argue that Cleland “abused his discretion” by imposing consecutive sentences, calling the sentence “excessive and tantamount … to a life sentence.”

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