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Graham Spanier Headed To Prison On May 1

It appears the buck might stop here for former Penn State president Graham Spanier’s sentencing appeal. He’ll head to prison at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, according to a court ruling entered April 4.

Spanier was convicted on charges of child endangerment in March 2017 and has been out on bail ever since. The charges stem from his response to allegations of Jerry Sandusky’s sexual misconduct.

Prosecutors argued that Spanier was guilty after receiving a report in 2001 that Mike McQueary saw Jerry Sandusky molesting a boy in the showers of the Lasch Building, and did not report it to authorities.

The defense insisted that Spanier never fully understood the sexual nature of the report that came across his desk from former athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz.

He was sentenced in June 2017 two two months in jail, followed by 2-10 months of house arrest. He was also ordered to perform 200 hours of community service and pay a $7,500 fine.

Spanier has continuously appealed his verdict and sentencing, most recently asking a federal court to vacate his conviction after the appeal was denied by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. PennLive also reported at that point that the attorney general’s office had filed new, sealed motions in the Dauphin County Court for specially-presiding Judge John Boccabella, who has overseen Spanier’s case since late 2016. One of the issues was “a request to modify the sentence, possibly for health reasons.”

Judge Boccabella has now ordered Spanier to serve his two-month sentence in Centre County “if the proper arrangements and respective warden approvals for same have been made prior thereto.” Otherwise, he’ll serve time in Daughin County.

The court ruling also approved work release for Spanier if he’s deemed eligible and approved at the county prison.

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