Jerry Sandusky and at least some of his victims plan to address the judge at the ex-Penn State assistant coach's sentencing hearing Tuesday.
BELLEFONTE, Pa. — Jerry Sandusky and at least some of his victims plan to address the judge at his sentencing, a proceeding that might last less than two hours, lawyers said after a closed-door meeting to iron out logistics ahead of the Tuesday-morning hearing.
Sandusky lawyer Joe Amendola said “it’s as certain as certain can be” the former Penn State assistant coach will speak to Judge John Cleland and assert his innocence before he is sentenced on 45 counts of child sexual abuse.
“What I anticipate he’ll say is, he’s innocent,” Amendola said outside the courthouse Monday.
In an audio statement to psucomradio.com Monday, Sandusky said, “In my heart, I know I did not do these alleged disgusting acts. My wife has been my only sex partner that was after marriage. Our love continues.”
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Given the number of charges, the serious nature of his crimes and his age, the 68-year-old Sandusky faces the likelihood of a sentence that will send him to state prison for the rest of his life. Sandusky was convicted in June of abusing 10 boys over 15 years, including some attacks inside Penn State athletic facilities.
“The important thing for us is, it starts the appellate process,” Amendola said.
One element of the appeal is expected to be a claim the defense did not have time to adequately prepare for trial. Sandusky was charged in November after a lengthy investigation.
Lead prosecutor Joe McGettigan said as many as six victims are expected to be heard.
Karl Rominger, another Sandusky defense lawyer, said a 30-year minimum sentence — which would keep Sandusky behind bars at least until he is nearly 100 — was probably the best outcome the defense could hope for.
The Sandusky case led to the firing of longtime coach Joe Paterno, who died of lung cancer in January, and the ouster of university president Graham Spanier, who remains a faculty member.
Mannion needs knee surgery
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion is out indefinitely after injuring his left knee in the No. 10 Beavers’ 19-6 victory over Washington State on Saturday.
Backup Cody Vaz will start for the Beavers (4-0) when they play a nonconference game Saturday at Brigham Young (4-2).
Mannion had his knee in a brace and watched from the sideline at practice Monday. Coach Mike Riley said an MRI indicated the 6-foot-5, 212-pound sophomore will require surgery.
“It’s very, very disappointing for the young man. He’s invested a ton and he’s going to miss some time,” Riley said. “Like I told him, ‘You’re going to be fine. I read about a guy who hurt his knee in the first game of the season a few years ago and he’s still pretty good — Tom Brady. The football stuff happens, you’ve just got to live with it and get better from it.’ “
The specific nature of Mannion’s injury was not released and no timetable for his return was provided.
• BYU freshman quarterback Taysom Hill will have season-ending surgery on his left knee.
Senior Riley Nelson is expected to start at QB for the Cougars after missing two games with what he called “back fractures.”
• Georgia Tech (2-4) fired defensive coordinator Al Groh, a former head coach for Virginia and the NFL New York Jets. Tech is 90th nationally in total defense (allowing 431 yards a game).