After a seven-day sentencing hearing in a Michigan courtroom, USA gymnastics doctor, Larry Nassar has been sentenced to 175 years in prison – practically his who life after more than 150 women and girls said in court that he sexually abused them over the past two decades.
Nassar who had admitted to using his trusted medical position to assault and molest girls under the guise of medical treatment and pleaded guilty to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct addressed his victims in the court.
According to CNN, he said “There are no words that can describe the depth and breadth of how sorry I am for what has occurred,”
“An acceptable apology to all of you is impossible to write and convey. I will carry your words with me for the rest of my days,” he added tearfully.
The Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, however, revealed that his words were hollow as she read a letter he submitted to the court last week in the past defending his medical care and saying he was manipulated into pleading guilty and also accused the women of lying and seeking financial reward
‘This letter tells me you have still not owned what it is that you did. That you still think you’re right, a doctor.’ Judge Aquilina declared.
‘I wouldn’t send my dogs to you, sir.’
‘It is my privilege – on counts 1, 2, 5, 8, 10 and 18 and 24 – to sentence you to 40 years. I’m going to look at my cheat sheet. Forty years, just so you know and you can count it off your calendar, is 480 months. The tail end, because I need to send a message to the parole board in the event somehow God is gracious and I know he is — and you survive the 60 years in federal court first and then you start on my 40 years. You’ve gone off the page here as to what I’m doing. My page only goes to 100 years. Sir, I’m giving you 175 years, which is 2100 months. I’ve just signed your death warrant,’ the judge said.
See some pictures from the court proceeding: