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Jerry Sandusky Learns His Fate, Maintains His Innocence

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BELLEFONTE, Pa. -

The scandal that rocked a university, even a nation, may finally be nearing its end.

A judge sentenced former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky to at least 30 years in prison.

That effectively makes sure the convicted child predator will spend the rest of his life in prison for sexually abusing 10 boys.

The 68-year-old, convicted of molesting his victims over a 15-year period, maintains his innocence.

His attorney says they plan to appeal, claiming they did not have enough time to prepare their defense.

Defense attorney Joseph Amendola used the upcoming trial of former Penn State administrators Tim Curley and Gary Schultz as an example. He says they've had 14 months to prepare a defense for two charges, whereas Sandusky got less time to prepare for nearly 50 counts.

Sandusky called the case and the allegations that led to his conviction a wide-ranging conspiracy against him.

Sandusky could have received as long as 400 years for his convictions on 45 counts of child sexual abuse. The judge chose 30 to 60.

Penn State President Rodney Erickson issued the following statement: "Our thoughts today, as they have been for the last year, go out to the victims of Jerry Sandusky's abuse. While today's sentence cannot erase what has happened, hopefully it will provide comfort to those affected by these horrible events and help them continue down the road to recovery."

Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly also issued a statement that read in part, "I am pleased with the outcome of this case and satisfied with the appropriate sentence that the judge has imposed. It reflects the seriousness of Jerry Sandusky's crimes, the irreparable harm he has caused to so many and the need to remove him from society for the rest of his life."

We asked a local attorney if he felt the punishment for Sandusky was appropriate.

"I totally agree with the sentence, although I think the judge could have made a little bit of a statement had he put a lot more years on the top number," attorney Ken Rottweiler said. "If he sentenced him to 30 years and a top number of 250 years, that would send a message out there to sexual predators."

Rothweiler also told us he does not think the court will grant Sandusky's appeal.

Everyone, including basketball commentator Dick Vitale, was speaking out about Tuesday's sentencing.

On Twitter, Vitale wrote, "So tired of Sandusky - just throw away the key - judge should let him have to exist in the general prison population - his acts were tragic."

On our Facebook page, Jennifer wrote, "Thirty years is nothing for the damage he caused to his victims."

You can still sound off on our FOX 29 Facebook page.

FOX 29's Bruce Gordon was in Centre County for the sentencing hearing and filed the above video report.

While in Bellefonte, Gordon also knocked on the door of late head football coach Joe Paterno's home. He heard some noise inside but tells us no one came to the door.

During Sandusky's sentencing, Paterno's son, Scott, was actually on Twitter posting messages about politics. The family had yet to issue a statement by dinnertime.

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