Disgraced former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar sentenced to up to 175 years in prison

LANSING, Michigan (KETK) - Disgraced former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar has been sentenced to up to 175 years in prison on multiple counts of first-degree sexual misconduct which he disguised as "medical treatments."

“I just signed your death warrant,” Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilin said when sentencing Nassar. "You do not deserve to walk outside of a prison ever again.” 

She told Nassar if he were to ever to get out of prison, which she said was highly doubtful, he would have to register as a sex offender and also wear a GPS monitor.

Nassar was also ordered to pay restitution based on whatever amounts are submitted to the court.

Nassar has 21 days to appeal his sentence.

Judge Aquilin said while her sentencing pertained to the seven charges directly referenced in this case, she did take into account the impact statements, as well as a letter Nassar wrote to her about how the public statements being shown to the world affected him.

Judge Aquilin proceeded to read parts of Nassar's letter to the court.

In the letter, Nassar claimed some stories were fabricated and sensationalized, also writing, "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned."

Prior to his sentencing, Nassar addressed the more than 150 survivors who provided impact statements during his trial.

"Your words these past several days have had a significant emotional effect that has shaken me to my core," Nassar said to the survivors. "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."

In November 2017, Nassar pleaded guilty to seven counts of sexual misconduct, admitting to using his position of power to sexually abuse underage girls. Of the seven counts, three of those related to victims under the age of 13, according to CNN.

The punishment comes on top of a 60-year sentence the 54-year-old has already received after pleading guilty to federal child pornography charges. The ex-physician was sentenced to 20 years for each of the three federal charges. The sentences will run consecutively.

The NCAA has also opened an investigation into MSU, where Nassar worked for nearly 20 years.

MSU President Lou Anna Simon has been accused, by some, of turning a blind eye to Nassar's abuse. Faculty members have called for an emergency hearing of the school's faculty senate for a vote of "no confidence" in Simon's leadership, according to CNN.

Following Wednesday's sentencing, Nassar will again face a courtroom after pleading guilty to three additional counts of sexual assault in Eaton County, Michigan.


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