In a breaking news report former football coach Jerry Sandusky was found guilty. It was announced 45 out of the 48 counts he was charged with have been returned as guilty.
Fox News is carrying the breaking news that Jerry Sandusky has been found guilty on 45 of 48 counts he was charged with. Sandusky was also found not guilty on 3 counts by the jury.
The jury in Pennsylvania had been sequestered by the judge until the conclusion of deliberations. The judge also closed the courtroom when the jury returned, and it remained that way, with the judge making sure reporters understood he would tolerate no breaches of information until court was adjourned.
Joe Amendola, Sandusky's lawyer had earlier stated, "he would be shocked...and die of a heart attack" if Sandusky was acquitted on all counts.
Matt Sandusky, one of Jerry's adopted children, had announced yesterday that he was prepared to testify that he had been abused by Jerry Sandusky. Matt made the announcement after the jury had been sequestered.
The revelation of Jerry Sandusky's ongoing abuse of the boys, while at Penn State as an assistant coach and as the founder of his charity Second Mile, prompted the firing of Joe Paterno, the football coach at Penn State. University president Graham Spanier was also a casualty of the apparent breakdown in accountability. Two administrators, retired vice president Gary Schultz and Tim Curley are both waiting trial on charges of failing to properly report suspected child abuse and perjury.
Joe Paterno died January 22nd 2012 after being fired for failing to pursue the reporting of the abuse allegations by Sandusky.
Sandusky worked for Paterno until 1999, and the first allegations of abuse surfaced in 2011 reports USA Today.
Sandusky's attorney Amendola had requested a house arrest release, which was rejected immediately by Judge Cleland, the presiding judge in the trial.
The sentencing phase has not been announced yet, after sentencing there remains the possibility of civil charges against all the responsible parties in the case, including the individuals, Penn State and the Second Mile charity.
MSNBC posted the video with the indication that the minimum sentence Sandusky might receive will be 60 years, as mandated by federal law.
Jerry Sandusky is now 68 years-old and any sentence of that length will equate to a life sentence.
Second Mile on its website carries multiple statements dating from November of 2011 through May 25, 2012. The latest statement notes the upcoming dissolution of Second Mile and the transfer of all funds and programs to Arrow Child & Family Ministries.