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Joe Paterno's Family Issues Statement On Jerry Sandusky Guilty Verdict

The trial of Jerry Sandusky came to an emphatic close on Friday night, as the jury returned a guilty verdict on 45 of 48 charges. Sandusky is almost certainly headed to jail for the rest of his life.

A number of the victims expressed relief after the guilty verdicts were handed down. The family of Sandusky's former boss, Joe Paterno, also issued a statement addressing the news of the verdict. Statement via Peter Hall of The Morning Call:

"Although we understand the task of healing is just beginning, today's verdict is an important milestone. The community owes a measure of gratitude to the jurors for their diligent service. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the victims and their families."

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