The verdict is in: former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to 30-60 years in jail this morning.
The decision comes after Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of sexual abuse. Three of Sandusky’s victims testified in court, and a letter from a mother and another victim were read. Part of one victim’s testimony:
“You had the chance to plead guilty and spare us,” Victim 4 said. “Instead you decided to try to attack us. We both know exactly what happened.
I want you to know that I don’t forgive you and I don’t know that I will ever forgive you.
I grew up in a bad situation and you made things worse.
My only regret is that I didn’t come forward sooner.
I had no clue that it was happening to others. While I don’t forgive you, I ask others who were abused to forgive me for not coming forward sooner.”
Sandusky maintained his innocence throughout the entire trial, and in a series of rambling speeches Monday and today, he spoke about how much pain this has caused him and made a variety of claims, including blaming the victims for this whole thing.
Sandusky insists he is “not a monster,” and his attorneys have said they have plenty of grounds for appeal.
Pennsylvania law prevents parole before the minimum amount of jail time has passed. Sandusky is 68, which means he will likely spend the rest of his life in jail.