Jerry Sandusky Gets 30 to 60 Years for Sexual Abuse of Boys

Jerry Sandusky's attorney says his client will appeal the case, claims Sandusky's right to due process was violated.

Jerry Sandusky, 68, the former Penn State assistant football coach, was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison today for sexually abusing 10 boys.

According to reports, Sandusky, wearing a red jumpsuit, gave an 18-minute “rambling” statement in court proclaiming his innocence. Legal analyst Wes Oliver on NBC 10 said the statement was "emotionally unstable" and “bizarre.”

In the closed proceedings at the Centre County Courthouse, Judge John M. Cleland first heard arguments from prosecutors, then the defense, then victims – with Sandusky getting the last word before the sentence was given.

Cleland gave him 30 to 60 years, saying to Sandusky, "for the rest of your life," according to NBC10.

Is the sentence too harsh? Too lenient, or just right? Leave a comment.

After the sentencing, Sandusky attorney, Joe Amendola, told press he will appeal the case because he believes the court violated his client's right to due process, and that the defense was rushed to trial.

"If we had been given more time, we would have been able to prove Jerry Sandusky's innocence," he said.

Prosecuter Joe McGettigan said Sandusky was "delusional" and his statement in court was "ludicrous." McGettigan also said Sandusky's attorneys had more than enough time to mount a defense, and the victims are "grateful justice was done."

You can download the transcipts of the Sandusky trial at the Centre County Government website.

Sandusky was the defensive coordinator for many years at Penn State and was, at one time, the presumed heir-apparent to legendary coach Joe Paterno. Instead, Sandusky was arrested, and Paterno fired. Paterno died in January.

Sandusky was convicted on 45 counts of sexual abuse to 10 boys over a 15-year period. One of the prosecution’s star witnesses, Mike McQueary, a former graduate assistant, testified that he saw Sandusky molesting a boy in a Penn State locker room shower.

The scandal toppled Paterno's reputation, and will have repercussions at the university for years. The NCAA fined the university $60 million and stripped the school of all its victories back to 1998.

A source told CBS News that Sandusky is in discussion for a book deal. Sandusky's attorney said the notion of a book deal is just a rumor, and there is no book. Pennsylvania law prevents convicted criminals from profiting from the details of a crime.

Rose Prendergast Miller October 10, 2012 at 04:17 AM
He did rape them, rape is rape
JEFFREY October 10, 2012 at 04:19 AM
Yes, it does suck, however the University has to pay for their part in the illegal cover up. It is a shame the players will suffer, but it's the University's fault. Maybe those players who are losing out should sue Penn State for what they have to go through.
JEFFREY October 10, 2012 at 04:19 AM
I hear ya.
JEFFREY October 10, 2012 at 04:24 AM
Well David, there were no "other" alternatives. The man was found guilty of all the charges. If there were any questions about what he did, some of those charges would have been thrown out. But all the charges stuck and rightfully so.
JEFFREY October 10, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Hey Tim, you better check the legal defination of Rape. You're wrong here and even "if" you are correct, he would still be found guilty of sexual abuse and it was all with minors. The jerk is a pedifile and that's all that matters for this piece of the story.
Jay Bell October 10, 2012 at 07:19 AM
60 years won't repair the damage he did to those young boys. He should suffer everyday for the rest of his life. www.firebrandcentral.com
Bruce Coleman October 10, 2012 at 10:52 AM
without saying, what he did was wrong!!!!! but why lock him away? yes he needs to be punished!!!! but its my hard earned tax money thats going to support his butt for the next 30 - 60 years. i cant afford health insurance but he will get everything he needs. lets put him back into the main streem and let the people take care of him. take everything the family owns because they had to have known what was going on . frankly im sick and tired of the scumbags getting the free ride. how much is going to cost us... the tax payers to keep him locked up? oh and one more question.... where wrer the parents of all these poor kids? blinders on. you cant be raped and remain the same, but mommy and daddy were too busy to notice!!!! wake up parents spend some time with your kids for crying out loud
Anonymous October 10, 2012 at 11:00 AM
WHAT? I very much dislike Obama as much as anyone...but your statement is hurtful to me. I do not have nightmeres about Obama. As much as I hate that abortion is legal...nobody forces you to get one. As much as I hate all the $ given away to foreign interest and welfare, it does not take away the pride I have for being responsible with my own checking account. You need to not make statements comparing anything as worse than the "horrors of JS." Nobody is getting sentenced...people vote. Let's pray that the vote is against socialism. But please do not insult victims that way.
DD October 10, 2012 at 11:19 AM
Sandscum deserves everything he gets. For those that have to bring politics into this, our country wasn't destroyed in 4 years Obama can't fix it in four years he has actually help the lower class man if you pay attention at all.
SANDY MOORE October 10, 2012 at 11:48 AM
@ Jeffrey....A couple of other people said that too...Just as long as the loser never gets out!!!!!!
Jose Parra October 10, 2012 at 12:00 PM
This is not the setting for those comments at all. They are in poor and unprofessional conduct to bring Obama into this forum.
Jose Parra October 10, 2012 at 12:04 PM
The sentence impose was to leniant because of the severity of the charges. He should have recieved the maximum sentence on this case.
Roman Gabriel October 10, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Yup, Obama loves dependant people like you. We didnt forget that when a local police officer was murdered last month, your only concern was how his funeral was going to effect your govt. subsidized bus ride to work. Its the culture of govt dependacy that your a part of, that is killing this country. I will give you credit for at least having a job. Now go back home, i think you left your trailor door open.
Maria October 10, 2012 at 02:11 PM
And yet he still denies it!
CubbyBear October 10, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Lets see, about 25K a year to house him in Gen Pop/ ~12 million Pennsylvania tax payers (give or take) costs you about $.02 a year. Wow...
mcgov1258 October 10, 2012 at 10:03 PM
I love Roman Gabriel's comments. Innappropriate and rude of course. But this is 2012...and he must not have spellcheck, and can NOT spell even as well as a 12 year old.. he can't spell Barack, dependent, or trailer. Weird.
KMcDonald October 10, 2012 at 10:28 PM
So he doesn't rape more boys!
Tonya October 11, 2012 at 12:30 AM
K Mcdonalds, he can now rape men in prison
tim chong October 11, 2012 at 01:43 AM
GUYS DO YOU SEE ANYTHING THAT SAYS THE ACTUAL WORD "RAPE" geez u people are so dumb these days
careless fills October 11, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Sandusky was convicted of a tad bit more than sexual abuse of a minor. He specifically was convicted of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, which most people would call rape.
Rose Prendergast Miller October 11, 2012 at 02:47 AM
No need to be defensive, "dumb" not so nice, and it does not matter what words are used, it's still rape.
Stew October 11, 2012 at 03:22 AM
1st: Sandusky will either rot in jail or be killed by some one like Jeffrey Dahmer 2nd: What is wrong with you people taking this to a political debate of the president. 3rd: Governor Corbett should be held accountable and with possible legal action. 4th: Joe Paterno did report the incident to the authorities and the appropriate people at Penn State. Last I checked he did his job on numerous occasions. If fell apart with Children and Youth. 5th: As much as I don't like the sitting President he had nothing to do with this incident. 6th: Why should the taxpayers pay for this man to die in prison, why not the death penalty?
Susan Gibbons October 11, 2012 at 02:35 PM
The taxpayers will no longer be paying for his confinement in prison. His state pension has been confiscated.
Victor B. Krievins October 11, 2012 at 02:40 PM
It is unfortunate that castration was not an option. It does deter future attacks on anyone.
Dynamo47 October 11, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Personally I am outraged; not by the sentence but in the arrogance in this piece of garbage. His statement was arrogant, full of denial, and disrespectful to the victims. I hope he lives another 50 years and that every day in prison he is subjected to the same sexual torture that his victims experienced by his hand for the rest of his life.
Bettina October 12, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Bettina October 12, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Under Obama's admin...the stock market (Dow Jones) went from 7,300 at Bush's end of office to 13,500 today. BARRACK ROCKS ! And thank you for Obamacare...thanks for the free flu shot this this....Obama!
Bettina October 12, 2012 at 06:24 PM
*this year
Bettina October 12, 2012 at 06:26 PM
the legal talk is of sending him to a federal prision (not one with violent criminals)...it will be like a country club...where he'll be able to write his memoirs in peace.
edufan October 13, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Hey, Bruce, do you have children? Do you go to college with them? AND how do you know what the parents went through?? From what I've read, some of the parents DID DO something about this and it was hushed up. Please do not paint a generalized picture of what parents do with their children. Also, until you've stepped into their shoes and experienced something like this, please be careful about judging others.


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