Former sports doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced Monday to 40 to 125 years in prison, ending a remarkable three weeks of court hearings that dramatically personalized the pain and suffering that he caused for hundreds of women for many years, CNN reports. At his sentencing hearing in Eaton County, Mi., Nassar apologized for his sexual abuse, saying victim statements had “impacted me to my innermost core.” Nassar added, “I understand and acknowledge that it pales in comparison to the pain, trauma and emotions that you all are feeling.”
Judge Janice Cunningham, citing Nassar’s earlier claims of no wrongdoing, sentenced him to a lengthy stay in prison and said that he was in “denial.” She said, “I am not convinced that you truly understand that what you did was wrong and the devastating impact you’ve had on the victims, family and friends.” Nassar had pleaded guilty to three counts of criminal sexual conduct in Eaton County. The sentence was the third in as many months for Nassar, the once-renowned doctor for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University. He admitted to using his position as a trusted doctor to sexually abuse young girls under the guise of providing medical treatment. This Eaton County sentence will run concurrently with the 40-to-175-year sentence in Ingham County, Mi. He will serve those sentences after a separate 60-year sentence in federal prison for child pornography, meaning Nassar will serve at least 100 years in prison, an effective life sentence.