Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team doctor who pleaded guilty to seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, wrote a letter ahead of his four-day sentencing, telling the judge he wasn't sure he could “mentally” withstand listening to victim impact statements.
This week, Nassar, who has already been sentenced to 60 years in prison for possession of child pornography, is listening to his victims share the impact his despicable actions have had on their lives.
Larry Nassar sent letter to the judge saying he is struggling to deal with victim statements and is uncertain in “my ability to be able to face witnesses these next four days, mentally.”
— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) January 18, 2018
While the disgraced doctor said he's struggling to deal with the hearing, which he described as a “media circus,” Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said his letter “isn't worth the paper it's written on,” the Lansing State Journal reported.
“You spent thousands of hours perpetrating sexual assault on minors,” the judge said, arguing he should be able to endure a few days of impact statements.
Aquilina went on to call Nassar's comments “delusional”:
— Law & Crime (@lawcrimenews) January 18, 2018
In November, Nassar agreed in his plea deal to allow some 125 women and girls who reported his abuse to police to give statements during his sentencing. Prosecutors said Thursday they expect 105 victims to do so.
Nassar is facing a minimum of 25 to 40 years in prison and a maximum of up to life in prison. Aquilina is expected to announce her decision Friday.
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