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Report: Sandusky expected to speak at Tuesday sentencing hearing

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Jerry Sandusky's attorney said Sandusky regrets the decision not to take the stand in his sex-abuse trial, and the former Penn State assistant football coach is expected to address the court in his sentencing hearing on Tuesday, the Harrisburg Patriot-News reported.

He was convicted of 45 of 48 counts of child sex abuse against 10 boys, and a life sentence against the 68-year-old Sandusky is almost inevitable, according to the Patriot-News.

However, Judge John Cleland has a wide range of possibilities when determining a sentence for Sandusky, and Sandusky hopes to influence that with the written statement he plans to read.

Several of Sandusky's victims are also expected to speak during the sentencing hearing.

The abuses for which Sandusky was convicted occurred over a span of nearly 15 years, and laws have changed in Pennsylvania over that time and mandatory minimums were increased.

If Cleland wanted to maximize the punishment, he could put Sandusky in jail for more than 218 years before Sandusky would be eligible for parole.

The absolute minimum sentence is only 10 years.
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