Jerry Sandusky and Victim 5 Will Speak at Sentencing
Sara Ganim of the Harrisburg-Patriot News reported yesterday that Jerry Sandusky is expected to speak at his sentencing, along with at least one of his victims.
Ganim spoke to Victim 5’s attorney, who said that his client “will likely give a statement” during Sandusky’s sentencing on October 9. Victim 5 took the stand in June to testify against Sandusky, and gave an emotional account about an abusive shower incident that took place in 2001.
Jerry Sandusky will also speak in his own defense, per his attorney Joe Amendola. According to the Patriot-News report, Sandusky will speak to the judge because he is “hoping for a light sentence.”
That logic would seem futile, considering Sandusky faces a minimum of 60 years in prison.
No other victims have confirmed their interest in speaking, but it’s inevitable that multiple victims will be in the court room for the sentencing, some of whom may choose to speak. According to Ganim, Sandusky can also ask family or friends to speak on his behalf.