NewsNation | October 09, 2012
>>> a pennsylvania judge has told jerry sandusky that he will spend of the rest of his life in jail . he was sentence this had northern to a minimum of 30 years, maximum of 60 on 45 counts of child molestation. when handing down that sentence, the judge said, quote, the tragedy of this crime is that it is a story of betrayal. the crime is not only what you did to their bodies but what you did to their psyches and souls. joining me now is mark brennan who covers penn state . on his website fightonstate.com, he was in the courtroom today. mark, it's good to see you. obviously this story is never easy to discuss, but does this in some ways -- i hate the notion of closure, because it's not like you wake up and something suddenly goes away. does this help at all now that jerry sandusky will likely spend of rest of his life in jail ?
>> yeah. you talk about a 30 to 60-year sentence. it might as well be 300 years. if penn state fans have one concern, they think only 30 years? most people realize it's for the rest of his life. the real odd thing today, every time this guy opens his mouth, whether it was costas last november or the radio thing yesterday or whether it was today, he just looks more and more guilty. we could see why he wasn't on the stand at his trial.
>> you know, we heard people talk about perhaps a smirk on his face inside the courtroom before the sentencing he had this statement saying that the only person that he'd had, you know, sexual relations with was his wife during their marriage and she's still by his side. what is the large opinion at this point now that he's been convicted, no that he's been sentenced, when you talk to the kids and the benefactors, the people who still donate to the university? what is the larger feeling there?
>> you mentioned that sense of closure, and we know that we still have the tim occcurl dey and schwartz trials and mcqueary is suing the university. none of this is done. where this adds closure is with jerry sandusky who was the monster to everybody in this whole thing. i mean, as many mistakes as other people made along the way to whatever extent, i think everybody is happy to see justice was done and this guy is in jail for the rest of his life.
>> victim four who was abused in the late '90s gave the statement, i do not forgive you. i do not know that i'll ever forgive. my only regret is that i did not come forward sooner. that was one of the victims there. real quick, the assistant coach who saw the boy being sexually abused in that shower, he is trying to get some kind of protection under the whistleblower law. what's the latest there?
>> yeah. he's suing penn state for $4 million because he thinks he was wrongfully terminated and didn't get the benefits he deserved and that he was treated improperly by the university. he reported up the chain, and we're talking about mike mcqueary , the former assistant coach, he reported to his svr, who was joe paterno who reported to their svrs. the argument from a lot of people, it's a very polarizing debate is at what point do you stop worrying about reporting to your supervisor and go straight to the police?
>> mark brennan , thank you very much for reporting on the latest on what happened in that courtroom today. thank you.