Paterno family calls verdict ‘important milestone’

Joe Paterno’s family says the ”healing is just beginning” but

that Jerry Sandusky’s conviction on 45 counts in his sex abuse

trial is ”an important milestone.”

The family of the late Hall of Fame coach released a statement,

saying their hearts and prayers are with the victims and their

families. They thanked the jurors and said the community ”owes a

measure of gratitude” to them.

Sandusky was convicted Friday of sexually assaulting 10 boys

over 15 years. The accusations had led to the firing of Paterno,

Penn State’s beloved coach who died of lung cancer Jan. 22.

Penn State’s Board of Trustees ousted Paterno for what was

called his ”failure of leadership” surrounding allegations about

Sandusky.