Sandusky plans to reiterate innocence in sentencing hearing
Philadelphia, PA, United States (4E Sports) – Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky plans to speak and reiterate his innocence before the court hands down his sentence Tuesday.
The 68-year old Sandusky could spend the rest of his life behind bars after he was convicted on 45 counts of sex abuse of 10 boys over a 15-year-period.
Sandusky’s legal counsel Joe Amendola said his client has been preparing a statement while detained in the Centre County, Pennsylvania jail.
Co-counsel Karl Rominger said Sandusky’s statement will be a reassertion of his innocence. “Contrition without admission is always my advice,” he said.
Jurors found Sandusky guilty of using his access to university university facilities and his foundation for under-privileged youth to sexually abuse 10 boys over a 15-year period.
Three of his victims are expected to be in court with two of them planning to address Sandusky while prosecutors will read the statement of the third.
Attorney Benjamin Andreozzi, counsel for Victim No. 4, said the statement from his client will convey anger to the former assistant coach.
“He is nowhere near forgiving Sandusky,” Andreozzi said.
The scandal led to the firing of legendary head football coach Joe Paterno, who died in January, and the ouster of the university’s longtime president, Graham Spanier.
In his 267-page report, former FBI Director Louis Freeh blamed Paterno, Spanier, suspended Athletic Director Tim Curley and ex-Vice President Gary Schultz for covering up the scandal to avoid bad publicity.
The NCAA has imposed sanctions against Penn State, including a $60 million fine, scholarship reductions, the vacating of 112 wins, five years’ probation and a bowl ban for four years.