Sheriff’s deputies from Lycoming County will be in Bellefonte this week as Centre County court prepares for the “unprecedented.”
When the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse resumes Monday morning, Centre County’s other high-profile case will be under way just across the street.
Maksim Illarionov, Dmitriy Litvinov and Anatoliy Veretnov, the three men charged in a sometimes violent spree of robberies and burglaries in 2009 and 2010, are set for trial Monday in the courthouse annex.
Meanwhile the throngs of national media remain in Bellefonte as Sandusky’s defense is expected to begin its case Monday.
In addition to the main courtroom, The Centre County Sheriff’s Office is maintaining an overflow room for media in the annex.
They are also staffing a courtroom in Penn State’s Lewis Katz Building, which is being used for some cases during the busier-than-normal couple of weeks in the county seat.
“It’s just manpower,” said sheriff Denny Nau. “Our big challenge is just more manpower. You have two big trials going on, plus the deputies up at the university.”
Nau said the Sandusky trial “has actually gone much better,” than expected. He reported no major issues during the first week, and praised the courts, media and local police for their cooperation.
But with another large trial starting Monday, Nau said he took the Lycoming County sheriff up on an old offer for assistance.
“It’s unprecedented,” Nau said. “We could probably do without them, but it would be really difficult. We still have those every day duties.”
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