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Sandusky sentenced to 30-60 years

Jerry Sandusky Sentenced In Major Child Molestation Case Getty Images

Found guilty in June on 45 counts related to the sex abuse/rape of young boys, convicted serial pedophile Jerry Sandusky will now likely spend the rest of his life behind bars.

At a sentencing hearing Tuesday morning, Centre County Court Judge John Cleland imposed a sentence of 30-60 years on Sandusky for his heinous crimes.  As Sandusky is 68 years of age, even the mandatory minimum of 30 years essentially amounts to a life sentence for the convicted serial pedophile.

Per the Associated Press, Pennsylvania state law mandates that Sandusky will not be eligible for parole before serving the minimum sentence.

During today’s hearing, Sandusky followed up on a bizarre and rambling statement released on the eve of his sentencing by over and over again proclaiming his innocence.

“I did not do these disgusting acts,” Sandusky repeated ad nauseam, which prompted the judge to fire back that the continued denials makes the former Penn State assistant football coach a danger to society.

“I think it cannot be disputed that you have done much positive work, tragedy that all the qualities that made you successful continue to conceal the vices that brought you down,” Cleland said. “Continuing to conceal those vices from yourself and everybody else, in my view, makes you dangerous.

“The crime is not only what you did to their bodies, but the assault to their psyches and souls and the assault to the well-being of the larger community in which we all live.

Three of Sandusky’s 10 victims spoke at the sentencing hearing, asking for the stiffest punishment in the judge’s arsenal to be laid down.

“The tragedy of this crime is that it’s a story of betrayal. The most obviously aspect is your betrayal of 10 children,” Cleland said. “I’m not going to sentence you to centuries in prison, although the law will permit that.”

Sandusky’s attorney Joe Amendola stated that his client would continue to appeal his convictions, claiming that he wasn’t given ample opportunity to prepare an adequate defense.

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32 Responses to “Sandusky sentenced to 30-60 years”
  1. tuckfexas says: Oct 9, 2012 10:34 AM

    Just die

  2. stoutfiles says: Oct 9, 2012 10:35 AM

    It’s too bad his wife isn’t going to jail either for ignoring it and letting it go on for so long.

  3. irishking says: Oct 9, 2012 10:35 AM

    I believe that Jerry basically received a death sentence.

  4. irishking says: Oct 9, 2012 10:40 AM

    I wonder what side of Jerry’s Jeckyll and Hyde personality proclaimed to the judge this morning “I did not do these disgusting acts.”

  5. southernpatriots says: Oct 9, 2012 10:42 AM

    Although that is in essence a death sentence for Sandusky, it is too short of a sentence for all the horrid crimes against young children that he committed. Each of the children, now young adults, will live their lives with the scars of the horror that Sandusky did to them.

    There are other prosecutions which will proceed and will attract news attention. However, the lives and struggles of the victims of Sandusky continue. In all of this attention, may those victims not be forgotten and may they receive all counsel and therapy they may need to try to live as normal of lives as is possible.

  6. thefiesty1 says: Oct 9, 2012 10:43 AM

    Let’s see how long he lasts with Bubba and Big Mike in prison. What goes around comes around and no one else deserves what’s going to happen to him than this jerk.

  7. thraiderskin says: Oct 9, 2012 10:43 AM

    While I believe he will not survive the minimum of that sentence, it still seems light to me. Almost a point of principle, he deserved a year per count of guilt – double life. I also believe he doesn’t deserve solitary confinement, only general pop. will do.

  8. mungman69 says: Oct 9, 2012 10:46 AM

    To light a sentence. He must be made an example of.

  9. tlmoon2112 says: Oct 9, 2012 10:48 AM

    He should be hung in a public square shown on pay per view with the proceeds going to the victims.

  10. ninjapleazee says: Oct 9, 2012 10:48 AM

    That’s it?

  11. brenenostler says: Oct 9, 2012 11:30 AM

    Does the sentence start immediately?

  12. mgmac says: Oct 9, 2012 11:38 AM

    the Almighty may forgive him, his victims will not. rot in hell with paterno

  13. poundthenuckolls says: Oct 9, 2012 11:42 AM

    Sandusky is an absolute worm of a person. One of the worst of the worst when in comes to humanity. Prison and the death penalty are too good for him. If he wasn’t a sociopath then you could say letting him live out his life w/ the guilt would torture him to death. Let him free, guarantee he won’t last 2 hours in the free world… And to all you homophobes who are saying put him in the gay ward, or make sure he brings lube, etc etc, you do realize that gays don’t just run around putting their pecker in anything that moves right? They are people just like everyone else who have tastes and attractions. If anything, if he’s not put in protective isolation, the other prison folk will make his life a living hell w/ daily beatings.

  14. maddog111 says: Oct 9, 2012 11:47 AM

    So the guy that poisoned the trees on Auburn’s campus if facing up to 10 years, and all Sandusky gets is 30? I know it’s basically a life sentence for him, but it just doesn’t sound right.

    The judge said “I’m not going to sentence you to centuries in prison, although the law will permit that.”

    Why not?

  15. tommy57 says: Oct 9, 2012 11:48 AM

    We should remember that sexual child abuse did not begin with Sandusky and, sadly, nor will it end with his incarceration. There are Catholic priests walking free today who have committed similar crimes, and you only need to check the national sex offener register website to see how many are living near you.

    The only portion of the NCAA punsihment I agreed with was the creation of the fund to assist abused children. It’s not a positive – nothing about this whole affair is positive, but it’s something.

    The NFL is wearing pick at the moment in support of breast cancer awareness. Something similar to highlight the issue of child abuse would also be useful to remind all of us to remain viligant. Even if we only suspect that something wrong is happening, we must say something. This was PSU’s failure.

  16. jcarrillo7828 says: Oct 9, 2012 11:57 AM

    Yes. He’ll die in prison but I’m shocked the judge didn’t max out the sentence. Sentencing phase is part of the healing process for victims and it makes the victims feel like the system let them down when a judge goes this light on a piece of sh*t like this . Make a statement your honor and do right by the victims

  17. trojan33sc says: Oct 9, 2012 12:11 PM

    There’s a new Bee-Yatch in the BigHouse !!! Fresh meat baby. Burn Baby BURN !!! He thinks he’s in pain now…………..wait until “Bubba” gets hold of him ! LOL

  18. onceuponatimeinsports says: Oct 9, 2012 12:28 PM

    Just think, if everyone had just kept their mouths shut and looked the othe way like JoePa wanted this would never have gotten so out of hand….

  19. florida727 says: Oct 9, 2012 1:14 PM

    I agree with most posts on here regarding the 30 year period being just too short. Yes, in all likelihood it is the equivalent of a “death sentence”, but I agree that a more strong statement needed to be made.

    Be that as it may, I especially appreciate the comments made by “tommy57”. He’s right. Child abuse did not start with Sandusky, nor will it end with him. And that’s the real sadness in this. As “tommy57” points out, more awareness and more diligence in protecting our kids is what’s needed going forward. As fans of sports, and college football in particular, I hope none of us ever forget what took place at Penn State. I hope we all commit to ourselves to be more diligent in protecting kids, ours or others, and never stop praying for the victims.

  20. paulhargis53 says: Oct 9, 2012 1:25 PM

    He’s not going to be placed in general population. He’ll be by himself most of the time.

  21. houndofthebaskervols says: Oct 9, 2012 1:46 PM

    I just love all this phony outrage. The prosecutor was happy with the sentence, saying the sentence reflected “Life” and that any additions to what he was sentenced to would simply be “gratuitous.” But its an opportunity for everybody to bitch about something that is totally meaningless so have at it. LOL

  22. kozbee says: Oct 9, 2012 1:49 PM

    His sentence should of read Prison term life in prison till death and put him in the cell with jake the snake lol.

  23. franklinandbashandflorio says: Oct 9, 2012 3:51 PM

    Burn in hell.

  24. upperdecker19 says: Oct 9, 2012 4:32 PM

    Well done PA for convicting this scum nugget so quickly…….he’d be running free for the next 5 years over here in CA waiting for trial

  25. t16rich says: Oct 9, 2012 4:34 PM

    He deserves all 60 years of that sentence. Die in prison. Hopefully the further truth will come out on this though. Penn State isn’t the only guilty party. There is many others who helped cover this up, in much higher positions than anybody at Penn State. I still find it very suspicious that the 2 original investigators from the 90’s have either vanished off the face of the earth with his laptop being found at the bottom of a river, and the other being stabbed 36 times and it being ruled a suicide. Maybe I am just a major conspiracy theorist, but this reeks of a Franklin Scandal type situation all over again.

  26. Deb says: Oct 9, 2012 4:49 PM

    Was absolutely stunned to read this headline. I guess the judge was following mandatory sentencing guidelines for the offense. But like others who’ve posted, I think the sentence is shockingly low. It doesn’t matter that he’ll likely die in prison. Yes, people are making that assumption because Sandusky is 68. What about the next pedophile who’s convicted at 25, serves the minimum, and gets out at 55? Does anyone think someone like this would be rehabilitated after 30 years in prison?

    Something is very wrong when you can commit crimes of this nature and be eligible for parole in 30 years. Couldn’t the judge at least have imposed the maximum of 60 years?

    Regardless, I hope we’ll hear no more statements from Sandusky for the rest of his life.

  27. t16rich says: Oct 9, 2012 4:49 PM

    In case anyone wants to read further into what I am talking about, read into Ray Gricar and Jonathan Luna. And they were lawyers, my mistake, not police investigators. I could be totally wrong, but many people in the Pennsylvania area think the circumstances are far too suspicious.

  28. dkhhuey says: Oct 9, 2012 4:59 PM

    I’m with Deb – I am shocked at the low number of years! The man had a potential of 400 and that is where the number should have been in the neighborhood of. Perhaps I may now be lumped into the pitchfork and torches crowd, but WTF!

    Perhaps the judge should have offered up a 10 year sentence as long as it was served in the general population! I would have been good with that!

  29. manchestermiracle says: Oct 9, 2012 5:07 PM

    I agree with the judge that hundreds of years would be gratuitous. Even if this walking, talking (babbling, really) piece of breathing shit lives to be 98 does anyone seriously think a parole board would free him?

    That said I sincerely hope to never again hear or see anything regarding this horrible example of the human race, especially not here where I come to escape the nasty reality of life. There couldn’t be a better legacy for Sandusky (other than a two-line newspaper statement buried on page 34 of his death in prison after about 29 years) than to erase his name from existence.

  30. natefalkirk says: Oct 10, 2012 12:38 AM

    Pennsylvania doesn’t separate the sex offenders from the general population…..

    That said, they will watch out for him. The State will not want a story about him being beaten/killed in their prison in the headlines. All these comments about “Bubba” ain’t gonna happen. He is a way too high visibility prisoner. Not to mention that his family will take action if something happens to him, claiming that it could have been anticipated that he would be singled out.

    I’m glad to see the football team having success under O’Brien. These kids did nothing wrong, and deserve the chance to play, even if they are barred from the bowls.

  31. lucky5936 says: Oct 10, 2012 9:11 AM

    I know I may be nitpicking here, but 30 years doesn’t seem like enough for 45 counts of abuse. that is less than a year for each count. I would give him a life sentence or double the life sentence. I know it is just a matter of terminology and he will end up dying in jail. However, a longer sentence tells the world that this behavior is inhuman and future violators will receive life in jail or even the death penalty. As a former victim of this abuse, I have no pity for grown adults who feel it is okay to take away a child’s innocence.

  32. tigersgeaux says: Oct 10, 2012 9:25 AM

    lucky5936: Amen. Thumbs Up!

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