Jerry Sandusky arriving for sentencingThe day has finally come: Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was sentenced Tuesday morning to 30 to 60 years in prison for doing disgusting, terrible things to young, innocent boys. Though it means that the 68-year-old would die in prison, my initial thought was: That's it? You could potentially only get 30 years of prison time even though you're guilty on 45 counts of child abuse? He was actually facing up to 400 years behind bars, but if there's a silver lining, it's that he can serve no less than 30 years. At least he'll never be free.
This guy, a jury decided, had abused 10 young disadvantaged boys. He used his position of authority at Penn State and his charity, the Second Mile, to get close to his victims. And even with evidence and testimony against him, he remained defiant. I'm sure 30 years seem like nothing compared to what he's taken away from these boys.
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And from the sound of it, he's in complete denial over what's been going on. He recorded a statement, which aired on a Penn State radio station on Monday night. He proclaimed his innocence, but we still managed to see through his bullshit, be alarmed at his victim blaming, and shake our heads at him:
They can take away my life, they can make me out as a monster, they can treat me as a monster, but they can’t take away my heart. In my heart, I know I did not do these alleged disgusting acts. My wife has been my only sex partner and that was after marriage.
He also thought to blame the victim: "A young man who was dramatic, a veteran accuser, and always sought attention, started everything." Then the initial accuser "was joined by a well-orchestrated effort of the media, investigators, the system, Penn State, psychologists, civil attorneys and other accusers. They won. I've wondered what they really won: Attention, financial gain, prestige ... will all be temporary."
Dude's out of his damn mind. How could he ever claim to be the victim of a conspiracy in this whole mess? According to the judge, John Cleland, who didn't hand down sentencing based off his emotions (damn the law and its cold, hard logic -- even though 30 years is basically a life sentence, I say bring on the 400 years!), that makes him even more dangerous:
I'm not going to sentence you to centuries ... It makes no sense for a 68-year-old man. This sentence will put you in prison for the rest of your life ... The ultimate tragedy of this situation is that ... you have continued to conceal the very vices that have led to your downfall ... In my view that makes you dangerous.
Though this sordid tale is far from over (some of the victims are suing Penn State and of course Sandusky will appeal), as of now, we can rest assured that this sorry, pathetic excuse for a human being will spend his remaining years behind bars -- hopefully with some big, angry, tough prisoners as cellmates. And PS: Of the 25 prisons for men in Pennsylvania Sandusky could go to, none have "a special housing unit or facility for sex offenders." Can't say I'm too disappointed about that.
Here's some raw footage of the idiot arriving for his sentencing. Would be great if this is the last we ever saw of him:
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