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Klages sentenced to 90 days in jail, 18 months probation


Former Michigan State University women’s gymnastics coach Kathie Klages has been sentenced for her role in the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal.

Klages was convicted in February for lying to police about her knowledge of Nassar’s criminal sexual misconduct.  She was charged with one felony and one misdemeanor.  On Tuesday, Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Joyce Draganchuk sentenced Klages to 90 days in jail, plus 18 months probation.  Before her sentencing, Klages tearfully apologized for the pain the case has caused its victims.

“I know that my experience going through this process is nothing compared to what so many women have gone through," said Klages. "Their horror and devastation cannot truly be understood.  And I want to say clearly that I’m so sorry if I had anything to do with this.”

Klages is also required to perform 200 hours of community service and pay a number of fines totaling more than 13-hundred dollars.  She must also serve 90 days of home confinement after her jail time.  She is expected to appeal.  

Kevin Lavery has been news director at WKAR since September 2006.