BELLEFONTE, Pa. - Jerry Sandusky's child sex abuse case attracted national attention since the very beginning, and Tuesday was no different.
Media outlets from across the country put Bellefonte back in the spotlight. Everyone outside the Centre County Courthouse did not have to wait long to learn Sandusky's fate.
He was once a Penn State powerhouse, but now Sandusky has been deemed a sexually violent predator who will live his remaining days in a state prison.
Outside, swarms of media gathered as prosecutors celebrated.
"I believe the sentence imposed today was a wise and proper one and it reflected the seriousness of the defendant's crimes," said Joe McGettigan, the lead prosecutor.
McGettigan admired Sandusky's victims who testified during trial, and the three who braved the spotlight again Tuesday.
Sandusky may have been clad in a different type of outfit, but McGettigan said his statements in court Tuesday were the same, "self delusion and cowardice we've seen before."
"He displayed deviance narcissism, a lack of healing for the pain he caused others, and to the end unwillingness to accept responsibility," said McGettigan.
Sandusky's lawyer, Joe Amendola, told the crowd his client re-wrote that 15-minute statement Monday night.
"The purpose of sentencing is to hear good qualities about the defendant, to hear positive things from the defendant," said Amendola.
Everyone heard all that, but not once an apology.
Amendola called it, "a sad day," and said his team is ready to take on the appellate process, and cited a lack of time to prepare for the trial.
"We were literally preparing the night before each day with material that in some cases came in within days of the trial starting," said Amendola.
Sandusky's team has 10 days to file the post-sentence motion.
Many attorneys who represent Sandusky's victims were at Tuesday's sentencing, and said they believe the avalanche of evidence will make the sentence stick.
It was a day many of the attorneys believe Sandusky had coming for awhile.
After all this time though, they could not believe the ignorance Sandusky showed in court, even after all the pain he's caused.
The ramblings of a mad man, and continued manipulation.
That is how the attorneys described Sandusky's 15-minute statement he presented in court, and his actions that left 10 young men destroyed.
"It's truly shocking he will not accept responsibility, acknowledge what he did and help in the healing process for all the harm he's caused," said Joel Feller who represents victims two, three, seven and 10.
Some of the attorneys called Sandusky's sentence conservative, but all were pleased the former Penn State coach, who betrayed the trust of the kids he served, will pay for his crimes.
"My client is pleased the judge recognized the victims' courage and is pleased the day has come for Mr. Sandusky," said Michael Kline, who represents victim five.
His victims went face-to-face with their abuser and painted him as a monster. Sandusky stood defiant, and never once apologized or admitted his wrongdoing.
"The fact that's what he needs to say at this late stage is sad," said Michael Boni, who represents victim one.
Now, almost a year since Sandusky's sexual abuse came to light, attorneys told 69 News their clients are far from healed, but they're standing taller, knowing the man who once showered them with gifts will be far away from the comfortable suburban life he once led, and unable to hurt anyone else.
"My client was determined to come back so Mr. Sandusky understood the consequences this had on his life," said Kline.
Sandusky will spend the next 10 days in the Centre County jail before he's permanently placed.
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