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Jerry Sandusky Sentenced: Former Penn State assistant football coach gets 30 to 60 years in prison

Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky arrives for sentencing at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Gene J. Puskar

Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky arrives for sentencing at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.
AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar
(CBS/AP) BELLEFONTE, Pa. - Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has been sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison for sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years.

PICTURES: Jerry Sandusky gets 30-60 years in prison

Sandusky had faced as many as 218 years if given the maximum on all charges, reports the Harrisburg Patriot-News.


On Monday, Sandusky, 68, released a statement and audio recording proclaiming his innocence. The audio was broadcast online at PSUComMedia.com.

"In my heart, I know I did not do these alleged, disgusting acts," said Sandusky.  "My wife has been my only sex partner and that was after marriage. Our love continues."

Sandusky was convicted on 45 counts of sex abuse of children in June. He pleaded not guilty to all charges and did not testify at trial.

Sandusky smiled as he arrived at the courthouse, wearing a red prison jumpsuit, white sneakers and carrying manilla envelope. He appeared to have lost weight.

In his Monday statement, Sandusky vowed to "continue to fight" and complained that he and his attorneys did not have adequate time to prepare for trial. Sandusky was initially arrested in November 2011.

Complete coverage of the Jerry Sandusky trial on CBSNews.com

  • Julia Dahl

    Julia Dahl writes about crime and justice for CBSNews.com

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