HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania appeals court is denying Jerry Sandusky's request for a new trial but is ordering him to be resentenced for a 45-count child sexual abuse conviction.
Superior Court on Tuesday said Sandusky was improperly sentenced using mandatory minimums.
The 75-year-old former Penn State assistant football coach was sentenced in 2012 to 30 to 60 years in state prison for sexual abuse of 10 boys.
Victims testified that he subjected them to a range of abuse, from grooming to violent sexual attacks. Sandusky has consistently maintained his innocence.
His lawyer says Sandusky will keep fighting for a new trial by appealing further to the state Supreme Court.
Sandusky's arrest led the university to push out Hall of Fame head coach Joe Paterno and then-university president Graham Spanier.
The Attorney General's Office released the following statement:
“The Office of Attorney General Shapiro is pleased that the convictions of this child predator remain intact. All of Sandusky’s claims as to why he was entitled to a new trial were thoroughly explored during the course of multiple evidentiary hearings and submission of briefs. The Superior Court has agreed with us that it was proper for the court below to reject Sandusky’s claims.”
“With respect to the remand for a new sentencing proceeding, this result was prompted by recent court decisions that have held that the imposition of mandatory minimum sentences is illegal. Our office looks forward to appearing for the new sentencing proceeding and submitting argument to the court as to why this convicted sex offender should remain behind bars for a long time.”