Judge agrees to return $50K bail to Sandusky

mdawson@centredaily.comOctober 4, 2012 

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Dottie Sandusky, the wife of Jerry Sandusky, arrives the courthouse Tuesday, June 19, 2012, for Jerry's sexual abuse trial, at the Centre County Courthouse, in Bellefonte, Pa. Centre Daily Times/Nabil K. Mark

— A judge agreed Thursday to return to Jerry Sandusky's wife the $50,000 cash she posted for his bail.

The motion for the release of his bail was made by Joe Amendola to Senior Judge John Cleland and filed in county court Thursday. It came just days before Sandusky is scheduled for his sentencing hearing, which is typically the trigger for bail money to be released.

Dottie Sandusky posted her husband’s bail — $50,000 plus collateral of $200,000 from their College Township home — in December, which allowed her husband to be released from the county jail after his preliminary hearing.

Jerry Sandusky was put on house arrest awaiting his trial for seven months, barred from leaving except for medical reasons or to accompany his attorneys for preparing his defense. Sandusky also had to wear an electronic monitoring device.

After Sandusky was convicted in June, Cleland revoked his bail at the request of the prosecution.

Sandusky has been sitting in the county jail since that time. He is awaiting his sentencing, which is scheduled for Tuesday.

The 68-year-old Sandusky likely is facing the rest of his life behind bars because he was convicted of 45 counts.

Mike Dawson can be reached at 231-4616. Follow him on Twitter @MikeDawsonCDT

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