BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP)- In what sounded at times like a locker room pep talk, Jerry Sandusky rambled in his red prison suit about being the underdog in the fourth quarter, about forgiveness, dogs and the movie "Seabiscuit."With his accusers seated behind him in the courtroom, Sandusky denied committing "disgusting acts" against children and instead painted himself as the victim.
Didn't help. After he had said his piece, a judge sentenced him to 30 to 60 years in prison, all but ensuring the 68-year-old Sandusky will spend the rest of his life behind bars for the child sexual abuse scandal that brought disgrace to Penn State and triggered the downfall of his former boss, football coach Joe Paterno.
He leaves behind a trail of human and legal wreckage that could take years for the university to clear away.
Judge John Cleland reprimanded Sandusky, saying the "tragedy of this crime is that it's a story of betrayal." Three of the men Sandusky was convicted of molesting as boys confronted him face to face and told of the lasting pain he had inflicted.
Sandusky says he'll appeal. The judge says he expects Sandusky to die in prison.