BELLEFONTE, Pa. (October 9, 2012)--Jerry Sandusky, 68, was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison Tuesday in the child sexual abuse scandal that brought shame to Penn State and led to coach Joe Paterno's downfall.
The sentence means the former Penn State assistant coach will be in prison at least until he's nearly 100 years old.
Judge John Cleland issued the sentence Tuesday, three months after a jury convicted Sandusky on 45 counts of child sexual abuse.
Sandusky maintains his innocence and plans to appeal, a process his lawyer has said will probably begin in the coming weeks.
Tuesday morning a defiant Sandusky gave a rambling statement denying the allegations and saying he is not a monster.
Three victims also spoke, often fighting back tears.
One looked Sandusky in the eyes at times.
Among the three who spoke was a young man who said he was 11 when Sandusky groped him in a shower in 1998.
He said Sandusky is in denial and should "stop coming up with excuses."
Another said that he was still troubled with flashbacks of his abuse in 2001.
Judge John Cleland issued the sentence three months after a jury convicted the former Penn State assistant coach on 45 counts of child sexual abuse.