A Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday sentenced Jerry Sandusky, the former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach who was convicted on 45 counts related to child sex abuse, to 30 to 60 years in prison, The Patriot-News reports. Judge John M. Cleland handed down the sentence the day after Mr. Sandusky proclaimed his innocence and accused his victims of lodging “false allegations” against him. The judge said the sentence would put Mr. Sandusky, who is 68, in prison for the rest of his life. Mr. Sandusky’s lawyers have argued that they didn’t have enough time to prepare their client’s defense and plan to appeal the sentence.
Two other ex-Penn State officials have been charged with perjury and failure to report child abuse for their role in the scandal, which threw the university into turmoil and led to harsh sanctions from the NCAA. They are awaiting trial in January.