Convicted former USA Gymnastics physician Larry Nassar wanted to avoid having to listen to days of his victims describing the countless ways he hurt them, but County Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina was having none of it.
Forced to sit and listen to his victims and their families after his motion to shorten the sentencing hearing was denied, Nassar was confronted on Friday by the absolute last person he wanted to face – former corrections officer Doug Powell, the father of one of his victims, Kassie Powell.
And Powell wasn’t about to let Nassar go to prison without getting an earful of what he was and the horrific punishment he was about to face.
“Inmate Nassar, inmate Nassar, that is what your name is. And don’t you forget that. The media outlets that have so intently covered this hearing need to know your name,” Powell said. “Your name is not Dr. Nassar. It is not Mr. Nassar. It is not Larry. It’s inmate, inmate 21504-040, for your eternal life.”
“As a law enforcement correctional professional for over 32 years, I speak for myself and my personal feelings that you do not deserve to be educated regarding your future. You do not deserve to be educated on the how to’s … [of prison life]. The where’s within those facilities, and the watch-out-for’s, you do not deserve to be educated on that,” Powell continued.
“As we have all seen, and you have proven, you did not care to extend that courtesy or compassion to anyone. Yet you simply benefited from your pathetic, narcissistic, psychopathic agenda,” he said.
“However, in my world, and in my family’s world that you have so conveniently destroyed, you are a f**king hog, a hog … Inmate Nassar I pray, and I’m sure this goes against many opinions in this room, but I pray that these county, state and federal correctional staff that you will forever come in contact with perform their jobs the best of their abilities to keep you alive. And don’t you dare try to manipulate the correctional facility and be a coward and harm yourself,” Powell said.
But make no mistake, the reason Powell wants Nassar to live seems to have nothing to do with his well-being.
“Alive so you can live in fear as you had inflicted fear, guilt and pain on these young women and families. Fear the demons from the dark as we have done. Fear that you wake soaked in the night with sweat from the nightmares as I and my family have done. Fear for the safety, sanity of your children, wife and family, as I and my family have done.”
“I want you to fear those dark corners, unimaginable correctional corridors. I want you to fear that booty bandit that wants to make you his punk. I want you to fear and cry and no one to listen. I want you to remain alive for your eternal life inside those walls.”
“But in the end, those scratched and dug will become polished and beautiful, and beautiful, strong women they are, and they have rocked your world. And you, inmate Nassar, will be discarded and thrown into the garbage like the garbage you are.”
The 54-year-old former USA Gymnastics team doctor pleaded guilty to molesting seven girls, but part of his plea agreement was to allow victim impact statements from all his accusers, of which there are more than 100, according to NBC News.
Which doubtless made for a long, and powerful, sentencing hearing.
But the words of Mr. Powell were arguably ones Nassar will never forget, and will have a lifetime to ponder.
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