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Sandusky Sentenced to at Least 30 Years .


The sentence all but ensures that Mr. Sandusky, 68 years old, will spend the rest of his life in a state prison. Legal experts said the chances of Mr. Sandusky's successfully appealing his conviction were remote, and state law doesn't allow parole until the minimum sentence is served.

Mr. Sandusky had faced a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of more than 200 years.
Wearing a red prison jumpsuit with "Centre County" printed on the back, Mr. Sandusky stood motionless in a crowded but hushed courtroom as Judge John Cleland read a list of individual sentences for 45 counts related to child sex abuse. Mr. Sandusky, a former longtime defensive coordinator, was convicted of those crimes in June.

The case has rocked Penn State and the surrounding region, leading to the ouster of the school's president and longtime head football coach Joe Paterno, who died in January. Penn State accepted tough sanctions that will likely hobble its football program for years, and it has taken steps to improve oversight of administrators.  

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