Disgraced ex-Penn State football coach was declared guilty on 45 of 48 counts of child sex abuse Friday night, resulting in a likely de facto life sentence for the 68-year-old.
The guilty verdicts include 25 felony counts that could add up to 442 years in prison. Sandusky, dressed in a brown sports coat, was immediately taken into custody and .
The jury—which included many people with close ties to —deliberated for only 20 hours. The two-week trial featured damning testimony against Sandusky, who was accused of performing anal and oral sex on boys as young as eight years old.
Even Sandusky’s adopted son, Matt, said his father abused him as well.
Despite the lack of physical evidence and the time that had elapsed since the commission of the crimes, Sandusky's attorneys were unable to discredit the eight accusers. They declined to put their client on the stand.
The verdict almost seemed like a foregone conclusion, given how quickly the jury came back.
“I feel, like many others, that the rapidity which with this jury has reached [a verdict] makes it all but certain it should be a guilty verdict,” Michael Boni, attorney for “Victim No. 1” told CNN’s Piers Morgan minutes before the decision was announced.
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