Jerry Sandusky is ready for an appeal and some more freedom at his maximum security prison in southwestern Pennsylvania, after an afternoon meeting with his defense attorney.
Karl Rominger, one of Sandusky's attorneys, met with his client, the former assistant Penn State football coach, Friday afternoon to touch base about his appeal process and to discuss concerns about his living situation, Rominger said.
Sandusky is regaining his spirit, Rominger said, despite his 30 to 60 year sentence imposed by Judge John Cleland in late October.
Currently, the attorney is looking to work with the state prison to allow Sandusky more access to phones and freedom outside of his 23-hour solitary confinement days, Rominger said. Sandusky has only one hour a day outside of his cell for exercise, as previously reported.
Rominger said Sandusky is technically considered a "level two" prisoner who is being held at a "level five" facility. Typically, a level two inmate has access to a payphone, lives in general population and can hold a job, Rominger said. But due to the facility Sandusky is being housed in, the prison wouldn't be able to make these accommodations even if Sandusky were granted such access, he said.
Rominger said the defense is not looking to challenge where Sandusky is being held, but instead work with the prison system to make the living situation better for Sandusky.
In the meantime, the former coach is looking to build the best possible appeal with his attorneys, Rominger said.
The defense has filed post sentence motions, but have filed two extensions in writing and providing supporting documents and evidence, as previously reported.
Sandusky was found guilty of 45 counts of child sex abuse in late June. He has continued to maintain his innocence.
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