Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison on Tuesday for molesting 10 boys over a 15-year span.
Judge John Cleland, the man overseeing sentencing, passed on giving him the maximum 400 years. Why? Probably because he didn't want to put on a show. Sandusky is 68 years old – 30 to 60 years seals his fate just fine. Anything more than that, however emotionally satisfying it might have been, would have been strictly for theatrics.
"The crime is not only what you did to their bodies but to their psyches and their souls and the assault to the well-being of the larger community in which we all live," Cleland said (via NBC).
For what it’s worth – Sandusky remained defiant throughout. "I didn't do these alleged disgusting acts,” he told Judge Cleland.
"Many moments I have spent looking for a purpose," he said. "Maybe it will help others — some vulnerable children who may have been abused may not be as a result of all the publicity — but I'm not sure about it. I would hope that it would happen.
"I would cherish the opportunity to be a little candle for others as my life goes on as they have been a huge light to me."
Penn State President Rodney Erickson released this statement following sentencing:
"Our thoughts today, as they have been for the last year, go out to the victims of Jerry Sandusky's abuse. While today's sentence cannot erase what has happened, hopefully it will provide comfort to those affected by these horrible events and help them continue down the road to recovery."