Earlier today, Judge John M. Cleland sentenced Jerry Sandusky to 30-60 years in prison for running his own man-boy sex club out of Penn State University. Judge Cleland noted that Sandusky is 68, so there was no need to slap him with 400 years worth of sentencing, because he wouldn’t even be eligible for parole in at least 30 years.
Though Sandusky has maintained his innocence and argued publicly that he was targeted by a “veteran accuser” who conspired against him, Judge John M. Cleland on Tuesday ordered the former Penn State University assistant football coach to spend at least 30 years in prison.
“That has the unmistakable impact of saying, clearly, for the rest of your life,” Cleland told Sandusky just after 10 a.m., in handing down a sentence that could range from 30 to 60 years. “You abused the trust of those who trusted you. . .. The crime is not only what you did to their bodies, but your assault to their psyches and souls.”
Sandusky briefly looked down as the sentence was announced. After court recessed, he spoke with his attorney, smiling broadly and laughing. The former coach, dressed in a bright red jumpsuit, was then led away by officers.
The sentencing took less than 90 minutes, but it provided another step toward closure for Sandusky’s victims and for a community that has been stunned by one of the most devastating, high-profile abuse scandals to hit higher education.
“We all have a sense of relief that Jerry Sandusky is going to die in prison, that he’s not going to be able to do this again,” said Matt Casey, a Philadelphia attorney whose firm represents four of the victims who testified at Sandusky’s trial in June and one of Sandusky’s adopted sons, who came forward during the trial.
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