The likelihood is that Jerry Sandusky will spend the rest of his life behind bars. The former Penn State assistant football coach was charged with 48 counts of molesting, abusing and assaulting in a sexual manner ten boys over a span of fifteen years. He was found guilty on all but three. Two more- including his adopted son Matt- came forth to confirm that he had abused them as well after the jury was sequestered to consider the evidence presented.
The verdict comes hours after Sandusky’s lawyer Joe Amendola stated that he would die of a heart attack if Sandusky was acquitted on all charges. Amendola told reporters that “I would die of a heart attack — shocked — if he was acquitted on all of the charges. It is just statistically unlikely.”
Stating this may be a violation of lawyerly ethics, and could get him hit with a contempt citation.
Several of the counts are mandatory felonies, and that means that Judge John Cleland would have no discretion in the sentencing. Those carry between ten and twenty years in prison. Sandusky is 68.
Jurors heard often-graphic testimony from eight of the 10 alleged victims whose accounts were included in two grand jury reports. They told how Sandusky would first win their trust by giving them gifts and taking them on trips with the football team before progressing to hugging, kissing, increasingly sexual touching and, in some cases, oral and anal sex.
In a rare occurrence in an abuse trial, prosecutors also presented the testimony of a corroborating eyewitness — Sandusky’s former Penn State coaching colleague Michael McQueary, who said that he saw a young boy, identified in the first grand jury report as “Victim 2,” in a Penn State shower with Sandusky.
McQueary said the boy had his hands against the wall and that Sandusky was standing up against him from behind. He said he heard a “skin-on-skin smacking sound” and that he had “no doubt” that Sandusky was engaging in anal sex with the boy.
Among the charges that Sandusky was found not guilty on include the indecent assault on Victim 5, and the rape of Victim 2.