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Larry Nassar is sentenced in second Michigan case; judge says he is in denial

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Sports doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced Monday in a second Michigan case to 40 to 125 years in prison for sexually molesting young gymnasts during medical treatments.

Judge Janice Cunningham of Eaton County sentenced Nassar after hearing victim impact statements from 60 women for two days, MLive.com reports. Cunningham said she doesn’t believe Nassar understands the devastation he caused.

“Clearly you’re in denial,” Cunningham told Nassar. “You don’t get it, and I do not believe there’s a likelihood that you could be reformed.” USA Today and the Associated Press also have stories.

On Friday, Cunningham declined to use her contempt power to sentence a man for lunging at Nassar during victim impact statements. The man, Randall Margraves, was blocked by Nassar lawyer Matthew Newburg and tackled by deputies.

Cunningham said she “cannot tolerate or condone vigilantism.” But “there is no way that this court is going to issue any type of punishment given the circumstances of this case,” she said.

Nassar’s Eaton County sentence will run concurrently with a sentence of 40 to 175 years in prison he received in Ingham County last month.

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ABAJournal.com: “How a gymnast-turned-lawyer helped bring Larry Nassar to justice”

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