Bye, Bye "Jer": Jerry Sandusky Sentenced to Minimum 30 Years in Prison
During the trial of convicted pedophile and former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, it was revealed that he would send actual love letters to one of his numerous victims, denoted in the case as Victim Number 4. The creep factor on these letters was off the charts, and they were all punctuated at the end with the same sign-off -- "Love, Jer."
Well, it's obvious now that "Jer" did not, in fact, love his victims at all. To the contrary, he sought them out, groomed them as "beneficiaries" of his Second Mile charity and then preyed upon them sexually for the next several years.
Eventually, it all caved in on "Jer" and now Sandusky will be going away to prison for what will likely amount to the rest of his natural-born life, a minimum of 30 years with no opportunity for parole.
Found guilty in June of 45 counts of child sexual abuse against ten different victims, Sandusky stood in front of Judge John Cleland on Tuesday and gave a rambling, delusional diatribe where he made himself out to be the victim of an intricate conspiracy hatched by the victims, their families and their attorneys in order to cash in on their numerous civil lawsuits.
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In other words, according to Sandusky, not only was he not a child molester, but the victims were, in fact, preying on him, on his good nature, on his benevolence.
The preview of Sandusky's final verbal salvo on the way to whatever horrifying prison justice is awaiting him "inside" came on Monday night when he released a three-minute audio file to the Penn State campus radio station, from which the most substantial quotes were the following:
I'm responding to the worst loss of my life. First, I looked at myself. Over and over, I asked why? Why didn't we have a fair opportunity to prepare for trial? Why have so many people suffered as a result of false allegations? What's the purpose? Maybe it will help others; some vulnerable children who could be abused, might not be because of all the publicity. That would be nice, but I'm not sure about it.
I would cherish the opportunity to become a candle for others, as they have been a light for me. They could take away my life, they could make me out as a monster, they could treat me as a monster, but they can't take away my heart. 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.
Sandusky plans to appeal the results of his trial on the basis that his legal team did not have enough time to prepare. Frankly, given the incompetence and complete lack of self-awareness of his legal team of Joe Amendola (the brains behind the interview Sandusky took part in with Bob Costas, which effectively cemented Sandusky as the creepiest human being to ever walk the earth) and Karl Rominger (who Monday night tweeted from a State College bar that he wanted some "coeds" to come on out), the court could have given Sandusky's defense team a decade to prepare and the result would have been the same.
Sandusky spoke Tuesday as a downtrodden martyr, a hopeful patron saint for all other wrongly accused pedophiles out there whose accusations might at least call attention to the problem of child sexual abuse, even if he didn't do it: "Many moments have been spent looking for a purpose. Maybe it will help others, some vulnerable children who might have been abused, might not be, as a result of the publicity."
Yeah, Jer, or maybe some "vulnerable children" who might have been abused might now not be because you're behind bars.
In his time incarcerated between verdict and sentencing, Sandusky was kept away from the general population, isolated to think about what he had done (or continue to delude himself into thinking he didn't commit these heinous acts). Amendola has said that Sandusky would like his time in state prison to be spent with the general population, which begs the question: In "gen pop," in which child abusers usually don't fare too well, how long does Jerry Sandusky survive?
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