Convicted on 45 out of 48 counts that he sexually abused 10 young boys, former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is to be sentenced today and it’s almost certain “he is going to die in prison,” Temple University law professor and former sex crimes prosecutor Barbara Ashcroft tells NPR’s Jeff Brady.
Sandusky, 68, is “potentially looking at 373 years in prison if the judge sentences him for all the counts he’s been found guilty of,” Ashcroft says.
At today’s court hearing, some of Sandusky’s victims will be given the opportunity to talk about how their lives were changed by the abuse.
Sandusky is going to be given the chance to speak as well. It seems we already know what he’s likely to say.
Monday, in what Penn State’s student-run newssite said is a recording Sandusky made from his jail cell, a voice that sounds like the one-time top aide to former head coach Joe Paterno again professes his innocence. He also tries to shift blame, saying:
“A young man who was dramatic [sic] a veteran accuser, and always sought attention, started everything. He was joined by a well-orchestrated effort of the media, investigators, the system, Penn State, psychologists, civil attorneys and other accusers. They won.”
NPR has not been able to independently confirm that the voice is Sandusky’s. But Patriot-News reporter Sara Ganim, who won a Pulitzer Prize for her work last year in breaking the news about Sandusky’s actions and the accusations that Paterno and other officials did not do much to investigate and may have covered up what was happening, is writing today that the recording is of Sandusky.
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