Jerry Sandusky being driven to his court hearing in July. He was sentenced today to a minimum of 30 years in jail. (Photo : Reuters)
Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in jail on 45 counts of child molestation Tuesday morning. The former Penn State defensive coach is 68-years-old, so in all likely hood, this sentence means he will be in jail for life.
After not taking the stand during his child sex-abuse trial during the summer, Sandusky appeared in court to plead his innocence one last time. No one believed he was innocent of molesting 10 boys last November, no one thought he was during the trial in July, and they still didn't today.
Like Us on Facebook
"There is no chance that Mr. Sandusky was innocent," said Thomas Kline, an attorney for one of the victims in a press statement. "It is preposterous to suggest that 10 separate victims, their families, their parents, their lawyers, the prosecutors, and the press and everyone else conspired to somehow convict Mr. Sandusky."
He faced anywhere from 10 to 400 years in prison after being convicted over the summer. Sandusky is officially classified as a sexually violent predator, and if he somehow does get released from prison he will have to register as a sex offender.
Sandusky put out a statement on Monday night to a Penn State radio station to discuss his belief that he still thinks he is innocent. His opinion is that the victims have been lying for their own gain, and that the media and police officials have simply ganged up on him due to the allegations. He recorded the statement in jail.
"They can take away my life, they can make me out as a monster, they can treat me as a monster, but they can't take away my heart," Sandusky said on the recording first played Monday on a Penn State student radio station. "In my heart, I know I did not do these alleged, disgusting acts. My wife has been my only sex partner and that was after marriage. Our love continues."
Sandusky will now go through extensive evaluations, including his medical and mental health needs, health care, security level, and program needs.
There are currently 25 prisons in Pennsylvania that Sandusky could be sent to. None of those however have a special housing unit for sex offenders.