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    Sandusky Sentencing Court Notes

    Tuesday, October 9 2012 3:34 PM EDT2012-10-09 19:34:41 GMT
    9:00 a.m. – Court is in session. Judge John Cleland says this is a "most serious manner" and the decorum will be strictly enforced. There will be no toleration of outbursts. Cleland says that AmendolaMore >>
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Jerry Sandusky has been sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison for child sex abuse case.

The sentence was read by Judge John Cleland shortly after 10 a.m. at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, where the former Penn State assistant football coach arrived earlier in handcuffs and a red prison jumpsuit.

"The tragedy of this crime is that it's a story of betrayal. The most obvious aspect is your betrayal of 10 children," Cleland told Sandusky at the end of a two-hour hearing.

"I will not sentence you to centuries in prison, although the law would permit that," Cleland said. "You are sentenced to spend not less than 30 years and not more than 60 years in prison. That has the unmistakable impact of meaning the rest of your life."

Sandusky showed no emotion and asked no questions after the sentence was read.

He was convicted in June of 45 counts involving 10 victims over 15 years, including some attacks inside Penn State athletic facilities. He met most if not all of the boys through a charity for at-risk youth he founded in 1977.

Prosecutor Joe McGettigan read a statement from the accuser known as "Victim 1" before the sentence was handed down.

"I just wanted a childhood like anyone else," McGettigan read from the statement. "Because of what happened, there continue to be issues in my life."

In his statement, Victim 1 called Sandusky "the worse kind of pedophile" because he used his status as Penn State football coach to take advantage of young boys.

"To the end, there was no remorse," he said in the statement.

McGettigan also read a statement from the mother of Victim 9.

"Shame on you, shame on you, Mr. Sandusky for your narcissistic, selfish acts," she said in the statement. "This has been the most difficult thing I have endured in my life. Sorrow will never mean enough.'

"You are a horrible person," she said. "When you come to terms with this, maybe, just maybe, you will be forgiven."

Three of his accusers spoke to Sandusky in the courtroom. The accuser known as Victim 6 stood before the judge and cried as he addressed the former coach.

"I believe you are only fooling yourself as you try to speak forth your innocence," he told Sandusky. "God opposes the proud but accepts the humble. Please repent to God or there is a bigger judgment to come."

The accuser known as Victim 5 asked Cleland to take into his account the tears, pain and private anguish he and others have suffered.

"It is real, it is painful, it will be inside me forever," he said.

The accuser known as Victim 4 told Sandusky that he was supposed to be a role model, but instead did terrible things. He said Sandusky's abuse "screwed up" his life.

"You had the chance to plead guilty," he told Sandusky. "Instead, you tried to attack us as if we had done something wrong. You have no morals."

"While I stand here today, telling you I don't forgive you, I ask that others who have been abused will forgive me for not coming forward sooner," he said.

Sandusky read from a prepared statement in which he denied the allegations and spoke of the pain of being away from his family.

"I am filled with determination," he said. "I did not do these alleged disgusting acts."

"We will continue to fight. There is much to fight," he said. "Those who still believe in us still matter."

Sandusky has maintained his innocence and plans to appeal, mostly on the grounds his lawyers did not have enough time to prepare for his defense at trial.

After learning his punishment, he was escorted out of the courthouse and returned to the Centre County Prison. He will remain there for 10 days before he is transferred to the state prison in Camp Hill for processing. It is not yet clear where he will serve out his sentence.

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