Jerry Sandusky, maintaining his innocence, was sentenced Tuesday to at least 30 years in prison – effectively a life sentence – in the child sexual abuse scandal that brought shame to Penn State and led to coach Joe Paterno’s downfall.
A defiant Sandusky gave a rambling statement in which he denied the allegations and talked about his life in prison and the pain of being away from his family.
“I’ve forgiven, I’ve been forgiven. I’ve comforted others, I’ve been comforted. I’ve been kissed by dogs, I’ve been bit by dogs,” he said. “I’ve conformed, I’ve also been different. I’ve been me. I’ve been loved, I’ve been hated.”
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DEVELOPING: Joran van der Sloot has been sentenced to 28 years in prison after pleading guilty to the 2010 murder of a 21-year-old Peruvian woman he had met at a casino in Lima.
Van der Sloot was also fined $75,000 by a three-judge panel in Lima for the murder that took place exactly five years to the day after the disappearance of American teen Natalee Holloway in Aruba. Under Peru’s penal system, he could become eligible for parole after serving half of the sentence with good behavior, including work and study. View full article »
A federal judge sentenced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to 14 years in prison for corruption convictions Wednesday.
The sentence followed a dramatic apology by Blogojevich to his state, his family and the judge, in which he said he is “unbelievably sorry.”
“I’ve had plenty of time to reflect on all that’s happened,” Blagojevich said. “I’m here convicted of crimes, and I am accepting of it, acknowledge it.” View full article »