BELLEFONTE — Jerry Sandusky came to Centre County court a little over three months after jurors convicted him on 45 of 48 counts of child sex abuse. Among those who came to see him be sentenced? Some of those jurors.
We talked with jurors Gayle Barnes and Joshua Harper afterwards. They said sitting in court watching Sandusky be sentenced brought a sense of closure after their close connection to his conviction.
“I’m proud to have been a part of it for this big decision that was made and be part of our justice system and have it work the way it’s supposed to,” said Harper.
But Jerry Sandusky stood before the judge at sentencing and said the verdict of those jurors was wrong. He continues to say he was innocent.
“If he wanted to defend against that, he should have taken the stand and show us through his speech and through his eyes that he didn’t do it. that’s what he should have done and they didn’t do that,” said Harper.
“I just cannot believe that Jerry thinks he innocent. Unfortunately I think Jerry is a sick man I think this is the way pedophiles are, they just don’t realize that they have done something you know terrible,” said Barnes.
These two jurors say they never doubted their verdict, but have been haunted by the thoughts of the victims` graphic testimony. They know it’s nothing like what those victims have to live with.
“They were young kids and now they’re young adults and i cannot imagine what they have gone through,” said Barnes.
“Effectively he’s going to be in prison for the rest of his life and I think that is justified,” said Harper.