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Even though Jerry Sandusky regrets not testifying at his child sex abuse trial, his lawyer has cautioned him statements he makes at his upcoming sentencing could come back to haunt him.In an interview with The Associated Press, published Wednesday, Sandusky’s lawyer Joe Amendola said the former Penn State assistant football coach will likely be sentenced in October.
Sandusky was convicted in June of 45 counts of child sex abuse.
During the trial, Amendola hinted Sandusky would take the stand — something he regrets never doing.
“He does now,” Amendola told the AP of his client’s regret at not testifying. “What do they say about Monday morning? 20-20?”
Despite that, Amendola said he is trying to discourage Sandusky from making a statement at his sentencing hearing, since anything Sandusky says could be used against him if the former coach is granted a new trial.
Amendola has said he needs a little more time to prepare for Sandusky’s sentencing hearing.
“The reality is Jerry is going to get a sentence, which, if it’s not reversed on appeal, is going to be tantamount to a life sentence,” Amendola told the AP.
The defence team hasn’t decided whether to fight a recommendation Sandusky be labelled a sexually violent predator under Pennsylvania’s Megan Law, Amendola told the AP.
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