BELLEFONTE, CENTRE COUNTY - Judge John Cleland sentenced Jerry Sandusky Tuesday morning to 30 - 60 years behind bars. He will remain in the Centre County Prison until he is reassigned to Camp Hill state prison.
Karl Rominger spoke after the sentencing, saying Judge Cleland balanced out the good Sandusky has done versus his actions against children.
Following the sentencing, Sandusky's attorney Joe Amendola said his client maintains his innocence. Amendola cited a lack of due process for their pending appeal to today's ruling. He claims more time was needed to prepare for the case.
Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison Tuesday morning. Judge John Cleland read his sentence after Sandusky read a prepared statement.
In the statement, he used several football analogies, once saying that he told his wife they were in the 4th quarter and you know who's with you in the 4th quarter.
He also talked about all of the joy he's had in his life. Almost poetically going through this paragraph about laughing and crying, and how he's been made to be a monster but no one can take away his heart and he says he knows in his heart he didn't do these disgusting acts. He choked up when he talked about his grandkids and not being able to see them grow up. He said it hurts him that he's not able to spend time with his family. He spent his 46th wedding anniversary in prison.
He even talked about the victims, his accusers saying he cared about them and still does.
3 of his accusers read statements. 1 had the prosecutor read a statement and 1 of the victims mothers had the prosecutor read a statement.
The last boy to speak was the only who looked him. One of the things he said was -quote - I don't forgive you and I don't know if I ever will. I grew up in a bad situation and you made things worse. He said he regrets not coming forward earlier.
Sandusky's wife Dottie was here as were 4 of his adopted children. Before the sentencing hearing, the judge announced that as a result of an evaluation, Sandusky was deemed a sexually violent predator. The defense had the right to, but did not dispute the finding.