An attorney who represented former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky at his child sex abuse trial has been sentenced to 5½ to 18 years in prison for stealing about $767,000 from clients.

Karl Rominger told a Cumberland County judge he was "ashamed" at Wednesday's sentencing. Rominger pleaded guilty in May to theft by deception and misappropriation of funds. Prosecutors say he spent the money on casino gambling and other interests.

The 43-year-old pleaded guilty last month to federal charges that he tried to evade income taxes from 2006 to 2010. He's awaiting sentencing in that case.

Rominger has surrendered his law license and been disbarred.

Sandusky was convicted in 2012 of sexually abusing 10 boys, but he's appealing. He is serving a 30- to 60-year prison term.