Sandusky gets 30-plus years
- Published: 9/10/2012 at 10:06 PM
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Former Penn State American football coach Jerry Sandusky was sentenced on Tuesday to an effective life in prison - 30 to 60 years, officially - in a high-profile child sex case that shocked the country.
At an emotional hearing featuring tearful statements from victims, Judge John Cleland warned 68-year-old Sandusky that he was imposing a prison term that had "the unmistakable impact of being for the rest of your life."
Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child sex abuse in June, after a trial in which he was found guilty of molesting 10 children over a 15-year period, meeting them through a charity he founded for troubled youth.
The former coach, clad in a red prison scrubs with the words "Center County" on the back, gave a rambling, 20-minute statement during his sentencing hearing in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.
He spoke about seeing visions on the dank walls of the prison where he has been incarcerated for the past 112 days since his conviction.
"I see me throwing thousands of kids in the air," Sandusky said. "And hundreds of water balloon battles."
Sandusky protested his innocence and did not apologize to his victims.
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