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Convicted Penn State abuser Jerry Sandusky to be re-sentenced, report

By: - February 6, 2019 9:19 am

Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky will be resentenced for his 2012 conviction on multiple counts of sexual abuse. But the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has rejected his request for a new trial.

From Yahoo Sports:

“The re-sentencing order does not mean that Sandusky will face less time in prison. It just sends the issue back to the court to be restructured without the mandatory minimums. Sandusky originally faced a maximum of 442 years in prison.

“’We look forward to appearing for the new sentencing proceedings and arguing to the court why this convicted sex offender should remain behind bars for a long time,’” Joe Grace, a spokesman for the attorney general’s office told the Associated Press.

“Judge John Cleland, who oversaw the original trial, opted for a sentence far lower than the maximum, perhaps to avoid appeal on delivering too harsh of a penalty.

“Since Sandusky was already 68, he was unlikely to survive the 30 years needed to ask for parole and even then was unlikely to receive it, due to the severity of the case, his notoriety and the number of victims (10 in the criminal trial, nearly three dozen more in civil settlements by Penn State).

” … Sandusky has maintained his innocence throughout and said in a statement that he will continue his appeals for a new trial. Sandusky’s argument cites ineffective counsel and the court’s numerous denials for continuance that prevented him the time needed to prepare a defense. The June 2012 trial came just over seven months after his initial arrest.”

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John L. Micek

A three-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's former Editor-in-Chief.