BELLEFONTE, Pa. — Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison Tuesday for abusing 10 boys he met over 15 years through his charity for troubled children, NBC News reported.
Sandusky, who was defensive coordinator and for many years the presumed heir-apparent to legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, could have faced as long as 400 years for his convictions on 45 counts of child sexual abuse, but at age 68, he is unlikely ever to leave prison, assuming he loses any appeals.
Wearing a red prison jumpsuit and appearing notably thinner than before he was convicted in June, Sandusky was transported to Centre County Court from jail in a sheriff’s patrol car shortly before the hearing. His wife, Dottie, was in attendance, as were six of his victims, who were to give statements about the impact the abuse had on their lives.
Details of what they said weren’t immediately available. The hearing was still under way, and under the same rules he imposed during trial, Judge John Cleland was allowing no communication from the courtroom until after it has concluded.
Sandusky’s lead attorney, Joe Amendola, told NBC 10 in Philadelphia that Sandusky planned to make a statement in court, but he said he wasn’t sure Cleland would let him after Sandusky released a surprise audio statement Monday night on the Penn State student radio station blaming a widespread conspiracy among police, university administrators and the media for his conviction.