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Paterno family calls verdict ‘important milestone’

Updated: June 23, 2012 12:05AM



BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — Joe Paterno’s family says the “healing is just beginning” but that Jerry Sandusky’s conviction on 45 counts in his sex abuse trial is “an important milestone.”

The family of the late coach released a statement, saying their hearts and prayers are with the victims and their families. They thanked the jurors and said the community “owes a measure of gratitude” to them.

Sandusky was convicted Friday of sexually assaulting 10 boys over 15 years. The accusations had sent shock waves through the college campus known as Happy Valley and led to the firing of Paterno, Penn State’s beloved Hall of Fame coach who died of lung cancer Jan. 22.

Penn State’s Board of Trustees ousted Paterno for what was called his “failure of leadership” surrounding allegations about Sandusky.



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