What's Larry Nassar's Prison Sentence? His Trials Aren't Over Yet
The former Team USA Gymnastics doctor who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing underage girls found out Wednesday that he'll spend the rest of his life behind bars. A circuit court judge in Michigan sentenced the doctor to up to 175 years in prison, on top of another 60-year sentence he'd previously received after pleading guilty to child pornography charges. So, what happens to Larry Nassar now?
His days in court aren't over just yet. Wednesday's sentencing addressed seven counts of criminal sexual conduct in Ingham County, Michigan, that Nassar pleaded guilty to in November. He also pleaded guilty to three charges of criminal sexual conduct in Eaton County, Michigan, and will be sentenced on those charges on Jan. 31. The 54-year-old is expected to spend the rest of his life behind bars, given the sentences he's already been handed.
"I've just signed your death warrant," Judge Rosemarie Aquilina told him Wednesday.
Although he has pleaded guilty to 10 charges of sexual assault in total, Nassar has been accused of abuse by more than 140 women. Throughout his most recent sentencing hearing, 156 survivors gave impact statements about the abuse they allegedly experienced at his hands.
"We were ultimately strong enough to take you down," Kaylee Lorincz told the defendant in court Wednesday. "Not one by one, but by an army of survivors. We are Jane Does no more."
In regards to his Eaton County charges, Nassar agreed in a plea deal to a minimum sentence between 25 and 40 years in prison, as he did in a similar plea deal in Ingham County. Prosectors agreed not to tack on more sexual assault or child pornography charges in exchange for his guilty plea.
Nassar offered an apology at his sentencing hearing Wednesday in Ingham County — "There are no words that can describe the depth and breadth of how sorry I am for what has occurred." However, Aquilina read aloud from a letter Nassar addressed to the court last week that suggested he wasn't remorseful about all his alleged actions.
I was a good doctor because my treatments worked, and those patients that are now speaking out are the same ones that praised and came back over and over. The media convinced them that everything I did was wrong and bad. They feel I broke their trust. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
A GIF of Aquilina ripping up said letter quickly went viral:
"It was my honor and privilege to hear these survivors. It's my honor to sentence you," Aquilina told Nassar. "You do not deserve to walk outside a prison again." She also called for a "massive investigation" as to why he wasn't removed from positions of authority much sooner.
Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman has also been vocal about the need for more to be done to hold institutions accountable for Nassar's abuses. Raisman tweeted demanding an independent investigation into the failure of USA Gymnastics (USAG) and the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) to recognize Nassar's alleged widespread sexual abuse, which he disguised as medical attention.
"For the past week, survivors came forward to courageously face a perpetrator of evil and to share their painful stories," Raisman wrote. "Many of them, myself included, claim the USOC is also at fault. Was the USOC there to 'focus on supporting the brave survivors'? No. Did they issue any statement then? Crickets."
In response to the resignations of a few USAG board members, Raisman also questioned why more hadn't been fired after the scandal broke; she asked the two organizations:
What's it going to take for you to do the right thing?
In Aquilina's words:
Justice requires more than what I can do on this bench.