Good evening, as we come on the air former penn state coach jerry sandusky has been sentenced to prison for the rest of his life. He is 68 and today he was sentenced to at least 30 years behind bars.... See More
Good evening, as we come on the air former penn state coach jerry sandusky has been sentenced to prison for the rest of his life. He is 68 and today he was sentenced to at least 30 years behind bars. The price for sexually abusing children and today in the courtroom, he defiantly stood face to face with some of his victims who were just ten feet away. Abc's senior national correspondent jim avila was there. Reporter: This is what three months in the slammer can do to a man. Jerry sandusky has lost weight, his skin turned gray and his gregarious, everyone's pal persona, shrunken inward. The arrogance, gone. He did not have that annoying grin. He is a defeated man today. Reporter: And that was before the judge lowered the boom -- not a day less than 30 years, as many as 60. He will not get out until he is 97 or 98 years old. So he's going to die in prison. Reporter: His wife, dottie, in court for support. Sandusky complained about the verdict, and in a defiant but trembling voice, proclaimed innocence. "I feel a need to talk. I didn't do these alleged disgusting acts." A more emotional echo of what we heard him say in a public statement release to the penn state radio station. They can treat me as a monster, but they can't take away my heart. Reporter: But in court sandusky would not have the last word. Three of his ten victims confronted him face to face. Victim five, "i'm haunted by his naked body." Victim six, "kids you promised to help you victimized" and victim four, "you were supposed to be a role model. Instead you decided to attack us." Their former mentor turned tore meanter maintaining his own delusion said the lead prosecutor that it was sandusky, not the boys, who were victimiz a masterpiece in self-delusion. Completely untethered from reality and without any acceptance of responsibility. Reporter: Life in prison echoing in his ears heading back to isolation at county jail for another ten days as state prison prepares for him. Nothing special, no separate quarters even for famous pedophiles in pennsylvania. After 30 days of assessment he will be assigned to the general population in one of the state's 25 men's prison where his attorney knows he will need protection. It only takes one, one person who wants to make a name for himself to do something drastic. Reporter: In fact, today underneath his red jailhouse jumpsuit, jerry sandusky wore a bulletproof vest. Once, in fact, he gets to the state prison he'll be allowed to take with him his wedding ring, a watch, dentures and eyeglasses if he needs them and, yes, he will be allowed to have a television set and if he can afford the cable he'll be able to watch penn state football games but he will never again be allowed to visit children. Diane? All right, jim avila, thank you so much tonight.
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