Breaking News: Sandusky Receives 30-60 Yr Sentence
This morning, Jerry Sandusky was sentenced by a Pennsylvania court to "no less than 30 years and no more than 60 years with credit for time served". This news follows Sandusky's June trial where he was convicted of 45 counts of child sex abuse. A jury found Sandusky guilty of abusing 10 boys over a span of 15 years and faced "a maximum of 400 years in prison".
Judge John Cleland addressed Sandusky saying, "The crime is not only what you did to their bodies but to their psyches and their souls and the assault to the well-being of the larger community in which we all live."
CNN reports that Sandusky's attorney will seek an appeal for his conviction; Sandusky's legal team has ten days to appeal. Last November, Sandusky, a former Penn State University assistant football coach, was fired along with football coach Joe Paterno and University President Graham Spanier.
Media Resources: CNN 10/9/12; NBC News 10/9/12; Feminist News 11/10/11
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