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October 8, 2012

Victims, Sandusky may speak at today's sentencing hearing

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“I anticipate Jerry will make a statement at his sentencing hearing on Tuesday in which he maintains his innocence,” Amendola said. “He will not ask for leniency although I will ask the court to impose concurrent sentences in the mitigated range of the sentencing guidelines.”

But before any of the attorneys make their passionate pleadings for or against sending Sandusky away forever, there will be a separate hearing to have the judge declare the former coach a sexually violent predator.

Sandusky underwent an assessment from the state’s Sexual Offender Assessment Board because he was convicted of at least one sexual crime according to the provisions of Pennsylvania’s version of Megan’s Law.

The prosecution will ask Cleland to have Sandusky declared a sexually violent predator, which would mean he would have to register as a sex offender for the rest if his life if he ever gets out if prison. That means notifying state police of his address, employer information and any changes if he would move or change jobs.

Sandusky would qualify as someone required to register for life because he was convicted of more than one of the offenses under the Megan’s Law statute.

Sandusky also will be given the chance to address the court, and Amendola has said before that his client was weighing that option. Amendola said Sandusky, who has maintained his innocence, has been writing his version of the events. That can be provided to the judge on paper, too, instead of vocalized, for the judge’s consideration.

of his punishment.

But Sandusky saying he maintains his innocence could backfire.

Oftentimes, judges take into account how remorseful someone is when determining the person’s punishment.

The sentencing may be the first time Cleland says anything about the case, which attracted national attention because the fallout tarnished the reputation of Penn State and senior officials such as former head coach Joe Paterno and former President Graham Spanier.

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