After seven (7) straight days of victim impact statements from more than 150 young women and girls, former USA Gymnastics Dr. Larry Nassar learned his fate. US District Judge sentenced Nassar to 40-175 years behind bars. But not before the judge had a few harsh words for the former physician.
“Sir, you do not deserve to walk outside of a prison ever again. I just signed your death warrant.”
Nassar’s face remained the same throughout the sentencing proceeding. What looked to me like a combination of sadness mixed in with plenty of self pity. Nassar briefly spoke before sentencing and said that “this would haunt him for the rest of his days.” Or something to that nature. The judge clearly wasn’t satisfied, as she began her scolding of Nassar before formally sentencing him. She questioned if Nassar’s words were genuine and if he really felt remorse for what he’d done to numerous young girls who were in his care. The one thing I did notice from watching the sentencing proceedings was how much others besides Nassar were named in court. Most notable, Michigan State University. Even the prosecutor halfway blamed many people for not listening to the victims as she credited the media with breaking this story. I expect a slew of lawsuits in the upcoming months. Lawsuits which I don’t see anyone attempting to defend. (not if they know what’s good for them) Nassar is also set to be sentenced for three more sexual assaults in Eaton County on January 31.