San­dusky re­sen­tenced to 30 to 60 years

Orlando Sentinel - - NATION & WORLD - By Mark Scol­foro

BELLE­FONTE, Pa. — For­mer Penn State as­sis­tant foot­ball coach Jerry San­dusky was re­sen­tenced Friday to 30 to 60 years in prison, the same penalty as be­fore, for sex­u­ally abus­ing chil­dren.

San­dusky, 75, was sen­tenced by Judge Mau­reen Sk­erda at the Cen­tre County Court­house in Belle­fonte. He wore a yel­low jump­suit and en­tered court with his hands cuffed in front of him.

San­dusky again as­serted his in­no­cence, choked up twice in brief re­marks to the judge and told his sup­port­ers he loves them.

A state ap­peals court this year turned down most of San­dusky’s ar­gu­ments seek­ing a new trial but said laws man­dat­ing sen­tence min­i­mums in place at the time of his Oc­to­ber 2012 sen­tenc­ing had since changed.

Un­der the new law, ac­cord­ing to Jack­lin Rhoads, a spokes­woman for Penn­syl­va­nia At­tor­ney Gen­eral

Josh Shapiro, a jury would not have the power to go be­low the min­i­mum sen­tence.

The Su­pe­rior Court opinion in Fe­bru­ary cited a U.S. Supreme Court rul­ing that said any fact that in­creases the sen­tence for a given crime must be sub­mit­ted to ju­rors and es­tab­lished be­yond a rea­son­able doubt.

San­dusky was con­victed of 45 counts of child sex­ual abuse in 2012 and sen­tenced to 30 to 60 years. Sk­erda’s new sen­tence was the same.

Eight young men tes­ti­fied dur­ing the 2012 trial that San­dusky, who founded a char­ity for at-risk youth, sub­jected them to a range of abuse, from groom­ing to vi­o­lent at­tacks.

San­dusky has main­tained his in­no­cence, and his lawyers in Oc­to­ber ini­ti­ated a fed­eral court ac­tion seek­ing a new trial or re­lease from prison.

His Novem­ber 2011 ar­rest prompted the firing of Hall of Fame head coach Joe Paterno and the oust­ing of then-uni­ver­sity Pres­i­dent Gra­ham Spanier.

GENE J. PUSKAR/AP

For­mer Penn State Uni­ver­sity as­sis­tant coach Jerry San­dusky leaves the Cen­tre County Court­house on Friday.

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