Sandusky Sentenced to 30 to 60 Years

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Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was sentenced today to at least 30 years in prison — or, as the judge put it, "for the rest of your life" — for sexually abusing a series of young boys over more than a decade, the Washington Post reports. During his two-week trial in June, prosecutors told jurors about 10 prepubescent boys who had been sexually abused by Sandusky, and eight of those victims testified.

The sentencing took less than 90 minutes, but it provides another moment of closure for Sandusky's victims, along with a community that has been stunned by one of the most devastating, high-profile scandals to hit higher education …

On June 22, after two days of deliberations, the jury found Sandusky guilty of 45 of the 48 charges against him, which included several counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse. Sandusky's bail was immediately revoked, and he has been jailed since …

Since his arrest nearly a year ago, Sandusky has maintained his innocence — even as Penn State wiped its campus clean of his name, even as his supporters dwindled, even as eight victims emotionally testified against him and his adopted son went public with accusations of abuse, even as the guilty verdicts were read, even as he sat in a county jail for more than three months awaiting sentencing.


Sandusky maintains his innocence and says he will appeal the sentence.

Read more at the Washington Post.

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