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Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 08/01/2012

Jerry Sandusky “extremely distraught” over Penn State penalties

The voice of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State defensive coordinator who is awaiting sentencing after his conviction of child sex abuse, has been infrequently heard since his arrest last November.

That may change when he is sentenced, his lawyer said as he offered a glimpse into Sandusky’s life behind bars and his reaction to NCAA penalties recently handed Penn State and the fact that Victim 2 has stepped forward.

“He’s extremely distraught about what’s happened at Penn State,” attorney Joe Amendola said in an interview with “He never, never dreamed that anything he was accused of doing would have this type of impact on Penn State, not only athletics, but the university as a whole.”

Last week, Sandusky learned that Victim 2, whom he was convicted of assaulting as a child in a Penn State shower, had stepped forward and was devastated, Amendola said.

Sandusky, who was described by Amendola as being “in good spirits,” spends much of his time writing his account of events and Amendola said he expects Sandusky to speak at his sentencing.

“He wants everyone to know that. He had looked forward to testifying at his trial, and because of unforeseen circumstances [allegations of abuse by his adopted son, Matt Sandusky], that didn’t happen,” Amendola said. “Jerry views his sentencing as an opportunity for him to tell his side of this.”

Sandusky intends to appeal and is “hopeful that he’ll get a new trial on appeal,” Amendola said. “He’s continuing to keep his spirits up as best he can.”

A sentencing date has not yet been set. In the interim, Sandusky has asked to be removed what is essentially solitary confinement, Amendola told the Associated Press.

“He continues to believe that the truth will come out at some point, and that he'll get another trial or another opportunity to establish his innocence,” Amendola said.

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