Jerry Sandusky Guilty on 45 Counts

Ex-Penn State coach will probably spend the rest of his life in prison
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 22, 2012 9:13 PM CDT
Jerry Sandusky, center, leaves the Centre County Courthouse in custody.   (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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(Newser) – Barring a miracle, Jerry Sandusky is going to spend the rest of his life in prison. A jury tonight convicted the former Penn State assistant football coach on 45 of 48 counts of sexually abusing boys. The jury of seven women and five men, including nine with ties to Penn State, deliberated more than 20 hours over two days. Sandusky, 68, showed little emotion as the verdict was read. Judge John Cleland revoked his bail and ordered him taken to the county jail to await sentencing in about three months. Many of the charges carry mandatory minimum sentences.

Sandusky half-waved toward his family in the courtroom as the sheriff led him away. Outside, he calmly walked to a sheriff's car with his hands cuffed in front of him. Almost immediately after the judge adjourned the case, loud cheers could be heard from a couple of hundred people gathered outside the courthouse as word quickly spread that Sandusky had been convicted. Yesterday, Sandusky's adopted son, Matt, told prosecutors for the first time that he had been molested, too. (Read more Jerry Sandusky stories.)

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