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Larry Nassar gets up to 175-year sentence as judge declares ‘you don’t get it’

Larry Nassar, who had been sentenced to up to 175 years in prison, listening to victim impact statements in court.
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Larry Nassar, the prior USA Gymnastics team physician who sexually abused more than 150 girls — such as Olympic gold medalists Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, and McKayla Maroney — has been sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison.

After emotionally-charged impact statements are read by more than 100 of his victims in court the sentencing took place Wednesday.

“I just signed your death warrant,” Judge Rosemarie Aquilina told Nassar after delivering his sentence in a Lansing, Michigan courtroom. “I find that you don’t get it, which you are a danger. That you remain a danger.”

Aquilina read a letter Nassar wrote in which he attempts to raise doubts about his victims’ testimony. Nassar has been accused of using his position for a doctor for Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics to abuse his patients.  

“I had been a good doctor because my treatments worked, and those patients which are now speaking out are the very same ones who came and praised back over and over,” Nassar wrote. “The media convinced them that what I did was wrong and bad. They believe their hope broke. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.”

Nassar had pled guilty to 10 sex attack charges and had been sentenced to 60 years on child porn charges.  

Building a visual statement, Aquilina ripped the letter for people watching from afar to view and the whole courtroom in half.

Earlier in the week Nassar mentioned that having to sit and listen to his victims’ statements was taxing comments which were met from those, for him personally that he abused.  

Aquilina went on to condemn Nassar’s behavior, explaining that his letter was evidence he doesn’t understand the intensity of the situation or his or her impact. “I would not send my puppies to you, sir,” she explained.

Nassar provided a brief apology in court, saying the effect statements “have shaken me to my core.”

“There are no words which could explain the depth and width of how sorry I am for what has happened,” he explained. “A decent apology to every one of you is impossible to write and communicate. I will carry your words for the rest of my days”

This sentencing relates to seven of his 10 charges. He is expected to get another sentence on Jan. 31 for the rest three. Combined with his punishment Aquilina said he is never getting out of jail.

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