Philadelphia Criminal Law News

Lack of Remorse: Jerry Sandusky Sentenced to 30 to 60 Years

Jerry Sandusky has been sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison, reports NBC News. That's effectively a life sentence, Judge John Cleland told Sandusky, 68.

Yet Sandusky continued to deny that he ever molested young boys. The ex-Penn State assistant football coach told the court, "In my heart, I know I did not do these alleged disgusting acts," according to NBC.

Sandusky's statement in court mirrored an audio statement that aired on Penn State's radio station Monday night. In the recording, Sandusky insisted he was wrongly convicted on the 45 child sex-abuse charges involving 10 boys, Reuters reports.

In fact, Sandusky even went so far as to denounce the victims, calling them attention seekers, instigators and liars.

For many, especially for the alleged victims, this statement is perceived as a lack of remorse by the former Penn State football coach. And in sentencing hearings, lack of remorse doesn't get a defendant very far.

Lack of remorse can be key in deciding how harsh a sentence should be. And Sandusky's failure to accept responsibility was certainly taken into account at his sentencing hearing Tuesday morning.

Four of Sandusky's victims, and the mother of a fifth victim, also spoke at Sandusky's sentencing, NBC News reports.

"You had the chance to plead guilty and spare us the testimony," one victim told Sandusky in court. "Rather than take the accountability, you decided to try to attack us as if we had done something wrong."

One thing's for certain: Jerry Sandusky won't be living the high life in prison. His fame, or rather notoriety, won't help him stay under the radar in prison. This week, as his sentence looms over his head, Sandusky will have to begin preparing himself for the eventuality that he will face prison as a celebrity.

And not the good kind of celebrity.

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