Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky received a sentence of 30 to 60 years in prison, meaning that he will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars, after being convicted of sexually abusing boys over a 15-year span.
Sandusky, the 68-year-old former defensive coordinator under legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, attended the trial at a court in Pennsylvania.
“That has the unmistakable effect of saying you will spend the rest of your life in prison,” said Senior Judge John M. Cleland, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Sandusky attorney Joe Amendola said that his client would favor being placed in the prison’s general population.
But Sandusky claimed that he was innocent. “In my heart, I know I did not do these alleged disgusting acts,” he said, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, citing a local Penn State media website.
Deputy Attorney General Joe McGettigan termed Sandusky’s claim “an insult” to the victims.
“It is an insult to human decency,” he said. “The defendant was and is the most insidious of criminals.”
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