Jerry Sandusky update

BELLEFONTE, Pennsylvania (AP) — Jerry Sandusky and at least some of his victims plan to address the judge at his sentencing, a proceeding that may last less than two hours, lawyers said after a closed-door meeting to iron out logistics ahead of the Tuesday hearing. On Monday, ComMedia released audio of an exclusive statement read bySandusky on the eve of his sentencing.

Hear the statement: Here 

Sandusky lawyer Joe Amendola said “it’s as certain as certain can be” that the former Penn State assistant football coach will speak to Judge John Cleland and assert his innocence before he is sentenced on 45 counts of child sexual abuse.

“What I anticipate he’ll say is he’s innocent,” Amendola said outside the courthouse Monday afternoon. Amendola said he did not expect any others to speak onSandusky’s behalf, although friends and family members — including his wife, Dottie — have written letters of support. Dottie Sandusky plans to attend the hearing, he said.

Given the number of charges, the serious nature of his crimes and his age, the 68-year-oldSanduskyfaces the likelihood of a sentence that will send him to state prison for the rest of his life.Sanduskywas convicted in June of abusing 10 boys over 15 years, including some attacks insidePennStateathletic facilities.

“The important thing for us is, it starts the appellate process,” Amendola said. One element of the appeal is expected to be a claim that the defense did not have time to adequately prepare for trial.Sanduskywas charged in November, following a lengthy investigation.

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) – Jerry Sandusky is about to hear what sentence the judge will impose for his conviction on dozens of counts of child sexual abuse. Judge John Cleland will hand down a sentence Tuesday that even lawyers for the formerPennStateassistant coach say is likely to sendSanduskyto prison for the rest of his life. He’s convicted of 45 counts involving 10 victims over 15 years. He met most if not all of the boys through a charity for at-risk youth he founded in 1977. The 68-year-oldSanduskymaintains his innocence and plans to appeal. Eight of the victims testified, describing a range of abuse that included grooming, fondling, oral sex, and anal sex. Eight lawyers are currently representing 20 people who have sued or are potential civil claimants.

UNDATED (AP) – Jerry Sandusky could be in particular danger of sexual assault when he is sent off to prison this week. Statistics compiled by the federal government show that sex offenders like the 68-year-old formerPennStateassistant football coach are roughly two to four times more likely than other inmates to be sexually assaulted.Sanduskywill be sentenced Tuesday for molesting 10 boys over a 15-year period. He is likely to spend the rest of his life in prison. His lawyer says he hopes the prison system takes steps to protect his client. The Pennsylvania Corrections Department won’t disclose precisely what it plans to do but says it strives to keep all inmates safe.

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