Jerry Sandusky's lawyers appeal conviction

Former coach sentenced to no less than 30 years

 Jerry Sandusky's lawyers are appealing his conviction, according to court documents filed Thursday in Centre County court in Pennsylvania.


The convicted sex abuser and former Penn State assistant football coach was sentenced to no less than 30 years and no more than 60 years in prison after being convicted in June of sexually abusing 10 boys during a 15-year period.

The once-beloved coach, whose abuse triggered a scandal for one of the nation's most storied college football teams, was given credit for 112 days served.

After the sentencing, defense attorney Joe Amendola insisted that if the team had been allowed more time to prepare for the trial, Sandusky would have been acquitted.

Sandusky spoke for about 13 minutes at his sentencing and called his situation "the worst loss of my life."

"I will cherish the opportunity to be a candle for others," he said, adding that "somehow, some way, something good will come out of this."

It has been nearly a year since the Penn State scandal erupted, leading to the firing of iconic head football coach Joe Paterno and the ouster of the university's longtime president, Graham Spanier. Paterno died in January of this year.

Jurors determined in June that Sandusky, who retired from Penn State in 1999, used his access to university facilities and his foundation for underprivileged youth to sexually abuse the boys.

During the trial, which garnered national attention and cast a shadow on Penn State's heralded football program, the 23-year-old Victim No. 4 testified that he was only 13 when Sandusky sexually abused him in a university shower.
 

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