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Jerry Sandusky Sentenced to 30 Years!

The 68 year old former Penn State football coach, Jerry Sandusky, was sentenced to 30 years prison today. Three victims spoke at the sentencing and Sandusky gave his own statement, again denying any guilt. Instead he talked about how hard being in prison has been away from his family.

Judge John Cleland sentenced him to 30 to 60 years in prison, saying “The tragedy of this crime is that it’s a story of betrayal. The most obviously aspect is your betrayal of 10 children,” “I’m not going to sentence you to centuries in prison, although the law will permit that.”

Judge Cleland designated Sandusky as a sexually violent predator under the state’s Megan’s Law. Sandusky didn’t oppose a review panel’s finding that he be given the designation. The label essentially has no effect on Sandusky, since it requires lifetime registration with authorities after a convict is released from prison. It is more than certain Sandusky will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

It is more than certain that Sandusky’s legal team will appeal the verdict and the sentence. It appears one appeal issue will be that the defense did not have enough time to prepare for trial.

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