Jerry Sandusky will speak Tuesday during his sentencing hearing at the Centre County Courthouse, his defense attorney Joe Amendola said.
Both the prosecution and the defense met with presiding Judge John Cleland Monday afternoon to discuss the procedures and “flow” of Tuesday’s hearing and sentencing, prosecutor Joe McGettigan said.
The hearing to determine whether Sandusky is a sexually violent predator will occur at 9 a.m. tomorrow in Courtroom 1 of the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte. Sandusky’s sentencing will occur directly after.
McGettigan said up to six of those who Sandusky was convicted of abusing may testify Tuesday, but specifics of who will testify won't be finalized until the beginning of the hearing.
“It depends how they feel and respond to the moment,” he said.
For the defense, Sandusky will share a statement he has been working on while in prison, Amendola said.
Sandusky’s wife, Dottie, as well as other family members and friends, will not testify, Amendola said. They submitted letters of support in his sentencing prior to the hearing, he said.
Sandusky maintains his innocence and has remained positive in preparing to appeal his case, Amendola said.
The defense plans to file post-sentencing motions within 10 days, with appeals focusing on the lack of preparation time for the trial and the validity of some witness testimony during the trial, Amendola said.
McGettigan said the prosecution does not plan to request a specific amount of years for Sandusky to serve in prison, but defense attorney Karl Rominger said he expects a minimum 30 year sentence, given the charges.