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Sandusky Re-Sentence
2/6/2019
 
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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that Jerry Sandusky be re-sentenced on the basis that in 2012 the judge improperly imposed mandatory minimum terms that sent the former Penn State football coach away for 30-60 years. In the same ruling, the court rejected Sandusky's appeal for a new trial. Sandusky, now 75, was convicted by a Centre County Jury of 45 counts of sexual molestation and remains imprisoned in Western Pennsylvania. The re-sentencing order does not mean that Sandusky will face less time in prison. It just sends the issue back to the court to be restructured without the mandatory minimums. Sandusky originally faced a maximum of 442 years in prison. "We look forward to appearing for the new sentencing proceedings and arguing to the court why this convicted sex offender should remain behind bars for a long time," Joe Grace, a spokesman for the attorney general's office told the Associated Press. Judge John Cleland, who oversaw the original trial, opted for a sentence far lower than the maximum, perhaps to avoid appeal on delivering too harsh of a penalty. Since Sandusky was already 68, he was unlikely to survive the 30 years needed to ask for parole and even then was unlikely to receive it, due to the severity of the case, his notoriety and the number of victims 10 in the criminal trial, nearly three dozen more in civil settlements by Penn State. "Realistically, even if Jerry was to survive the 30 years, he won't be released," Sandusky's then attorney, Joe Amendola, said on the day of the 2012 sentencing. Sandusky's attorneys successfully argued that a 2013 United States Supreme Court ruling in Allenye v. United States was applicable to the case. That case required that a judge cannot use mandatory minimum sentencing on an offense that was not specifically decided by a jury.
  
 
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