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Defiant even in the wake of his sentencing, former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky vowed to maintain his innocence even after being ordered to serve no less than 30 and no more than 60 years in prison for the child s-x abuse scandal which shamed the famous university. This morning, Sandusky faced Judge John M. Cleland in the Common Pleas Court in Bellefonte, Pa., just 12 miles north of State College, where he found fame alongside late Penn State football coaching legend Joe Paterno.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, a weepy Sandusky uttered after the sentencing, “”We’re in the fourth quarter,” Sandusky said.” In the fourth quarter you find out who will stand by you. For those still standing up for me, we will continue to fight.”

Yesterday evening, Sandusky read a written statement from his holding cell which was aired on Penn State’s ComRadio station. “We will continue to fight. We didn’t lose the proven facts, evidence, accurate locations and times,” said Sandusky on the broadcast.  “Anything can be said. We lost to speculation and stories that were influenced by people who wanted to convict me.”

Sandusky was charged by prosecutors who produced evidence that he molested 10 boys, many of which were African-American, over the years during his time at the school. The assaulted children were all part of a charity he founded for troubled and poor teenagers. Sandusky would take the boys, eight of who are now adults, on trips and Penn State games and reportedly had his way with them in exchange. Sandusky’s attorney’s plan to file an appeal in two weeks, claiming that between his arrest last November and the trial this June didn’t allow for enough case preparation.

Sandusky will serve out the start of his sentence at Camp Hill state prison just outside of Harrisburg before being assigned to a permanent prison.


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